I FELT very bad when I asked a bright student of mine to write down a number — 66 — in Urdu. She apologised and said she did not read or write Urdu. Where do we stand now? Does mother tongue play no role in the country?
I have learnt from my elders that nations which did not take pride in their literature lost their identity. We witness that nations like Germany, China and Iran which love their language and literature are more vibrant than those which do not do so. I am not against bilingualism or multilingualism but we should be best in our own language. We are losing our identity and becoming a very confused nation.
We should learn international languages but we should know our mother tongue or national language very well. It is full of love, peace and empathy.
I observed once in an institute that teachers were instructed to deliver lectures in English even during the Urdu language period.
Is this not bad? Are we making progress or lagging behind somewhere? Policymakers need to take some necessary action.
HAIDER HANJRA Islamabad