Persian Nods For Secular, Mass Education In India

Persian Nods For Mass Education In India
For the very first time in India, Persian Language has said 'Yes' for the secular and mass education in India. According to a historian and scholar Ziauddin Ahmed Shakeeb, until the British rule was enforced, education in India was restricted only to Brahmins.

He explained why Persian and not an Indian Language was used as an official language in India. He said "Aside from Muslims, no other Indian of a cast lower than Brahmins had access to literacy. In such a situation Persian offered as a language open to one and all".


Most speakers from India, Iran and other countries are attending the three day seminar on 'The contribution of Adil Shahis of Deccan in promotion of Persian language, literature and Culture' which is organized by the HK Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies of MANUU in collaboration with Iranian consulate in Hyderabad.

Eminent art collector and historian Jagdish Mittal made a presentation to highlight the contribution of Bijapur painting during the period of Adil Shahis.

While observing that it was a beginning of a major change in the administrative system in the Deccan he said "In almost a century and a half of Bahmani rule in the Deccan there had been a huge influx of sufis, poets, scholars who wrote in Persian language, administrators, architects, painters, calligraphers and other sections of the Delhi elite."

"During the reign of Shias, Iranians known as afaqis dominated the court and naturally, Persian language and literature flourished. During the reign of Sunni sultans, local Deccanis and other native sections prospered which resulted in a wonderful linguistic phenomenon known as Deccani," Shakeeb explained.

MANUU vice-chancellor Mohammad Miyan noted that both Urdu and Persian were integral part of Deccan culture, which was cosmopolitan in nature. Describing Urdu as daughter of Persian, he said unlike others, Urdu adopted the culture and native languages.

He further explained that the scope for learners of Persian are huge given its use in tourism, embassies, business and relations among countries. He advised students to develop command over the language and hone their skills in reading, writing and interpretations to tap the opportunities.

As a reader, learner and a person with interests what would you prefer for. Only Indian languages or including a few of them as mentioned above like Persian, Greek and more. Share your opinion with us.

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