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English is not a patent property: Prof. Abhay Maurya
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 05:34:40 PM, ummid.com Special Correspondent
Release of “MAJEL” Journal from the English Department, MANUU on the occasion of Second National Conference. Prof. Abhay Maurya, Prof. Khalid Saeed, Prof. A.R. Kidwai, Prof. Sudhakar Marathe, Prof. Z.N. Patil, & Prof. Amina Kishore are seen with copies of the journal.
Hyderabad: "English Language is nobody’s patented property in today's world. Indian English is come to stay and we should not be apologetic about our views and ideas", said Prof. Abhay Maurya, Vice-Chancellor, English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad today at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU).
He was addressing the inaugural session of the 2-day National Conference on “New Perspectives in Non-Native Literatures in English” being organized by the Dept. of English.
Describing English as a Universal Language, he said, "This is the one area where India could be regarded ahead of China. Our new generation is well equipped with this language. English studies in India has tremendous potential. It is no more a liability."
Speaking about the theme of the conference he said, Indian English literature is of late got diverted and being dominated by the concerns faced by its diaspora which may not be important for the most of the Indian readership.
He lamented the fact that in the Indian English writings there is rarely any depiction of rural Indian woman.
Commenting on the politics of literature, Prof. Maurya said, literature should not be politicized. It should reflect the real social concerns and make you think.
Earlier, Prof. A.R. Kidwai (Aligarh Muslim University), while delivering keynote address touched up on various issues and raised many important questions.
Describing the theme of the conference while dwelling at length with the history of English literature with reference to Islam & Muslims he said, "Poems full of hatred were written in the backdrop of crusades. Unfortunately Europe, learnt about Islam & Muslims in the shadow of animosity. Only Chaucer spoke positively about Muslim intellectuals. Image of Islamic world was negative, misconceptions were rampant. Myths about the Muslim Harem were only removed by a lady scholar in 18th Century."
Speaking about the politics of literature, Prof. Kidwai pointed out at the selective translation of the noted writer Khushwant Singh’s novel in Pakistan.
Tracing the history of early Indian writings in English by non-native writers he named two ladies from India Ruqaiah Saqawat Hussain (Bengal) & Iqbal Unnisa Hussain (Hyderabad) as pioneers.
He singled out the trends in Muslim writings as one of the emerging area of research in English Studies. He advised the students to read British writer of Pakistani origin Qaisarah Shiraz’s work who portrayed the women effectively.
Prof. Sudhakar Marathe (Dean, University of Hyderabad) in his inaugural address remarked that English now a days dominates the world as never before. Popularity of this language is undeniable. English fascinates even its opponents.
He made it clear no language, literature or society is inferior to other. Literature written in any language will be judged up on. Speaking about the topic he described it as thought provoking. He also dealt upon the complexities of translation.
Prof. Khalid Saeed in His Presidential remarks said the essentiality of English language sometimes causes problems too. There was a danger of alienation of new generation from our own Language, Literature & culture. However this generation is expressing their views through English language.
Prof. Amina Kishore Head Dept. of English welcome the gathering & threw light upon the theme of the conference. Second volume of Dept. of English Journal “MAJEL” was also released on the occasion.
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