By Special Correspondent
Darbhanga (Bihar): The removal of Urdu name plate from the maingate of CM Law College here has sparked a major controversy as Urdu-loving and secular people condemned the communal and fascist forces. While demanding the restoration of Urdu inscription, they said the Nitish Kumar government should check communal forces and protect Urdu language which is the second official of the state.
The controversy around inscribing the name of CM law college in Urdu was triggered by a group called MSU Mithila University Student Union. The group under the influence of right-wing forces started a protest after the College name was inscribed in Urdu on the college maingate. Under pressure from communal forces , the college principal Prof. Badre Alam ordered the removal of Urdu inscription from the maingate.
Hammad Naseem, a local activist, said the MSU is a ahistorical, pseudo-social and political group which doesn’t know the history of , Urdu language. He said the university student Union is the lapdog of BJP-RSS. Historically in northern Bihar people speak two languages Maithili and loose dialects of Urdu.
It is to be noted that Urdu has been one of the official languages of Bihar along with Hindi since 1981. Urdu is the one of 26 Constitutionally recognised official languages of India and it is having official status in the five states of Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, as well as the national capital territory of Delhi.
Local people alleged that it is a deliberate and obvious attempt to destroy the education and culture of Muslims. On pretext of promoting Maithili, Urdu has been erased from C.M Law College, Darbhanga entrance gate board.
They further pointed out that the Bihar assembly elections are in due November because of this reason, communal forces are trying to raise such frivolous issues in order to sharpen communal polarisation.