Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bashir Badr, an embarrassment for Urdu fraternity

Ironically, Badr has been apple polishing to such an amount that he once notably said that he can even clean the floor of the BJP office. It was in return that he was presented the post of Urdu Academy chairman.
In interviews, he keeps on stressing that there is no snap of his father in his house but Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s photographs are present in every room.
During his occupancy, the MP Urdu Academy has clogged all work. There are few functions, barely any seminars, no campaigns for Urdu or hard work to appoint Urdu teachers, apart from a couple of mushairas every year.

Urdu School in Bahrain

In anticipation of 1955 there was no community or private institution in Bahrain for educating the children of INDO-PAK origin in URDU and this therefore, was a dare for the community. MR. ASHRAF S. MOHAMMAD, a well-known businessmen an of Bahrain came forward to take a lead in accepting this challenge, and with the co-operation of his educationist daughter MRS. SALEHA RAHEEM, who invited some interested members of the Muslim Community, collected funds and formed a board of Trustees, hired premises and got it reasonably furnished to start a school. Then in March 1956, the first URDU SCHOOL FOR THE STUDENT OF INDO-PAK origin got established in the GULF.