A Dis­ap­pear­ing Cul­ture?

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

As we move fur­ther into the age of glob­al­iza­tion and in­ter­act with var­i­ous cul­tures and peo­ple, it is crit­i­cal to re­mem­ber that we too have our own cul­ture and it is that cul­ture that sets us apart and de­fines who we are. While it is im­por­tant to be a part of the global eco­nomic and so­cial cul­ture, there is also a need to make sure that we re­main rooted to our lan­guage and cus­toms. Urdu was once the lan­guage of the lit­er­ary and well-read. Our writ­ers and po­ets have left us clas­sics that only a few man­age to un­der­stand to­day. It is dis­heart­en­ing to see our next gen­er­a­tion lose this in­ter­est and fas­ci­na­tion with this rich lan­guage and they show no de­sire to pass it on to the gen­er­a­tions af­ter it. The ad­vent of English en­ter­tain­ment and re­lated school cur­ricu­lum has pushed Urdu far be­hind where it is mocked by most. Pak­istan has a press­ing need to re­vive this lan­guage and re­vise its pri­vate school cur­ricu­lum so that we may cre­ate a fu­ture that still has links with our past.

As­sifa Rahim, Pe­shawar, Pak­istan

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