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  May 2016
  April 2016

“ First follow nature and your judgment frame
By her just standard which is still the same
Unerring Nature, still divinely bright
One clear, unchang’d and universal light,
Life, force and beauty must to all impart,
At once the source, and end, and test of Art. “ 

An inherent scholar is bound to portray his fine taste in whatever profession he adopts. In the legal field, judgments pronounced by judges set precedent for the whole nation. Whereas, we find that the judgments pronounced by the judge of perspicacity and scholarly aptitude, Justice Markandey Katju, upholding the dignity of literary values have influenced the minds and hearts of erudite and connoisseurs across the nations.

The inclement, cold weather of Delhi on January 14, was significantly conditioned with warmth of the jubilantly charged emotions released by the galaxy of scholars, jurists, laureates and other dignitaries in the jam- packed auditorium of India International Centre, on the mirthful, mellifluous and serene eve of Justice Markandey Katju's book release, ' Justice with Urdu ', published by Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.

The grand event had been organised by Dr. K.N. Katju Memorial Trust and Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. which was witnessed by a large number of audience. The historic and resplendent book, ' Justice with Urdu ' was released by H.E. Mr. Hamid Ansari, Hon'ble Vice President of India. Union Minister for Law & Justice, Salman Khurshid presided over the function. Guest of Honour included reowned journalist Kuldip Nayar and eminent Urdu Scholar SM Ashraf . The book compiled by Asif Azmi, is a compilation of some landmark judgments of Justice Markandey Katju, former Judge Supreme Court of India and Chairperson Press Council of India, in which he has quoted Urdu verses and some of his writings.

Justice Katju disagreed that Urdu is the language of Muslims as its verbs are of North Indian origin. " Look at the tragedy that it is being neglected by the country of its own birth place, just because of the false propaganda that it is the language of Muslims. Our forefathers used to speak and write in Urdu," said Justice Katju. 

Salman Khurshid said that he learnt Urdu when he had gone abroad for studies after finding that the people of non-Indian origin are talking in Urdu. Khurshid suggested that Cricket can be the brand ambassador of Urdu but the Vice President of India disagreed to this version, saying that linking language to a particular group is not a good phenomenon. "A language declines when it is not related to the normal pursuits of life. Urdu is the language of Indian origin and will flourish here. There is no reason why Urdu should not be treated equally like other languages, " assured the Vice President.

Hasan Khurshid

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