A meeting of writers, poets, lawyers and academicians of the city was organised under the aegis of Iqbal Academy Allahabad, to protest against the decision of the authorities of Union Public Service Commission to remove Arabic, Persian and Pali from its scheme of examinations. The meeting was chaired by SMA Kazmi, former advocate general UP and conducted by Prof AA Fatmi.
SH Akhtar, general secretary of All India Associations of Arabic teachers and scholars, while condemning this decision of UPSC, termed it very unfortunate as by removing these languages from UPSC, weaker section of minority community will be deprived of the opportunity to serve the nation as civil servants. MA Qadeer, senior advocate Allahabad High Court said that these languages were a part of the country and should not be removed fro the UPSC examinations.
Prof AQ Jafari of Allahabad University said in his speech that Arabic and Persian languages can not be regarded as foreign languages. “If these languages are removed then a very important chapter of Indian history will be lost,” he said. Likewise, Saleha Rasheed, also from AU, stressed on the need to intensify the movement until the government rollbacks its decision of removing Persian, Arabic and Pali languages from UPSC examinations.
SMA Kazmi, while delivering the presidential address, said Arabic and Persian languages have played an important role in building composite culture of India. He said it was very unfortunate that while the UPA government wanted to bring minorities in main stream and on the other hand, by removing Arabic and Persian from civil services, deprives a major chunk of minority candidate from appearing in these examinations.
A resolution was also passed in the meeting which read that Arabic, Persian and Pali were the languages of our country and have immensely and positively contributed to the evolution of composite culture of the country.