SRINAGAR: Ameer Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM), Dr Muhammad Qasim, on Friday said India is promoting Hindi language “to cut off our new generation from Islamic teachings and promote Hindu culture in Jammu and Kashmir”.
He appealed the scholars to create forums to protect Urdu language in the state.
In a statement issued here, Qasim said Islam does not restrict Muslims from learning a new language but “Indian rulers are promoting Hindi in order to curb Islam and Muslims and to promote Hindu culture in Jammu and Kashmir”.
“Therefore, it is essential to remain aloof from Hindi. It is also promoted at the cost of Urdu. Language is not only a means to communicate but is a basic constituent of religion, history, culture and identity of a nation and its people,” he said.
“Indian rulers work on the ideology of trinity (Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan). The hatred for Urdu in their hearts is not hidden. Even MK Gandhi refused to accept Urdu as national language citing its Arabic script. Same linguistic hatred was used to divide Pakistan by creating hatred of Urdu to Bengali nationalists,” Qasim said.
MDM chief said the move is also aimed at “breaking the linguistic unity between J&K and the people of Pakistan”.