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Updated: April 2, 2014 01:15 IST

Majlis chief keen to learn Telugu

J. S. Ifthekhar
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Wonder what the Majlis chief, Asaduddin Owaisi, wants to learn. No prizes for guessing. He is keen on picking up Telugu. The Hyderabad MP, who did Barrister-at-law (Lincolns Inn), England, regrets not knowing the regional language.

“I don’t know why I have not learnt Telugu all these years”, he says.

Mr. Owaisi, who is in the midst of hectic campaign, is keen on learning the official language of the state at the earliest. He feels it is a big drawback for a politician not knowing the language of the masses. “If I could have articulated in fluent Telugu the way I speak Urdu what impact it would make on the public”, says Mr. Owaisi who is planning to make forays in Seemandhra.

The ‘Naqeeb-e-Millat’ as he is fondly called, did some loud thinking the other day during a break from his hectic electioneering. “It is not that I do not know Telugu. I understand it but am unable to speak”, admits Mr. Owaisi.

Talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. Talk to him in his own language and it goes to his heart. The Majlis leader knows this pretty well. “Language is the best way of bridging the gaps and dispelling doubts”, he remarks.

No, not for him is just a smattering of Telugu. He wants to have a thorough grip on the language. Mr. Owaisi doesn’t like to go for self-learning materials. He prefers to take the service of a Telugu pundit to learn the language properly.

It sure pays to be multilingual, particularly in politics. Once the heat and dust of elections settles, the first thing on Mr. Owais’s agenda is learning Telugu.

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The Majlis under the leadership of Mr.Asaduddin is different from the
one that was under his late father though any change in the core
principle of the party is hardly noticeable. Mr.Asaduddin is more a
nationalist than communal and seems to have a deep desire to make the
party acceptable to all people of all Faiths. He clearly sees the
direction in which the wind is blowing. But considering the presence
of the hard core conservatives in his party who would not like to
bring in any radical changes in the outlook of his party, the big
question is whether he will succeed in his efforts. That we can see
only, not now but after a few years.

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014 at 22:37 IST

It is good to note Mr Owaisi is realizing the importance of languages and tolerance to others.

from:  Manohar
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014 at 17:24 IST

Very heartening to read this news article.

Hope the leaders of BJP & Congress make it a point to pick up Urdu as well. This is the only way forward. Mutual respect for each others language and culture will definitely bridge the gap in understanding and hence reduce conflicts too.

from:  Amrut
Posted on: Apr 3, 2014 at 14:13 IST
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