is the right of Muslims. When other backward and under privileged
sections of the society are being offered the Reservations, why not
the Muslims?", M.J. Akbar Prominent Journalist & Columnist asked
while delivering an extension lecture at Maulana Azad National Urdu
University (MANUU) on February 15. The event was organised by
University's Dept. of Mass
Communication and Journalism.
Appreciating the west Bengal
Government for declaring 10% Reservations for the Muslims he said, "Marxist Government has done its homework quite well on this
"If your logic & justification for
Reservation is wrong then Judiciary will never allow it to be
implemented. West Bengal Government has clearly defined the
backwardness and removed the creamy layer from the purview of
Reservations. If the Government is sincere and has strong will then
only Reservations could be implemented", he said.
Stating that Muslims nowadays are not willing to
accept the so called 'Soft Secularism' and urging them to come out
of the fear psychology, he said, "The Muslims should fight for their
rights and should stop begging for each and everything. If you vote out of fear then
in return you will get fear only. You cannot expect development in
"India is perhaps the only country in
the whole world were Muslims despite being in minority, can
profoundly claim that they have reaped the fruits of Democracy
uninterruptedly for the last 60 years", he said.
Speaking on the topic Urdu Media in
21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities, he
advised the young journalists to become the voice of downtrodden and
the poor, he dwelled at length on different
aspects of status of Urdu and Muslims in India, he advised the
Muslims to stop begging the Government.
Describing Urdu as a sweet language
which has the unique ability of mixing with any other language, he
said Urdu was never an official language throughout its history. Yet
it enjoys the popularity and the patronage of the masses even today.
In this regard he referred the Hindi
Movies. Most of the popular songs and dialogues are written in Urdu
"Development and revival of the Indian
Muslims will start only from the institutions like Maulana Azad
National Urdu University (MANUU)", he said, adding, "No political
leader can ever usher a change which a professor or teacher could
Meanwhile, while releasing the Lab
Journal “IZHAR” M.J. Akbar heaped lavish praise about it. He
was very much appreciative of the efforts of the M.A. MCJ students.
He said Journalism is just not about
writing, it is in fact a process of communication where self-ego has
to be set aside.
Akbar also responded to the questions
raised by the audience at the end of the lecture.
Earlier, Ehtesham Ahmed Khan HoD
welcomed the gathering. Prof. S.A. Wahab I/c Registrar proposed vote
On the occasion Prof. Iqbal Ahmed
amidst the applause of the audience, announced that MJ Akbar has
agreed to become a visiting Professor for the MCJ Department.
It"will be an honour for the
University and will benefit the students immensely", said Prof.
Later in the afternoon MJ Akbar
interacted exclusively with the students of MCJ.