Urdu Producers unleash a campaign against the government
Posted by arshadamanullah on July 25, 2012
1. In a meet of Urdu Producers Association held on 4 July 2012 at in New Delhi, a number of television producers gathered to protest against Prasar Bharati that was said to be discriminating against DD Urdu channel. In 2009 DD Urdu invited proposals in the ‘commissioned’ category for kinds of television programmes. Those television producers, who had responded to the call, were notified to make presentations in 2010 before the panels designated by the channel. Interestingly, they were asked to present again in the opening months of 2012. Despite these two presentations, they are yet to hear from Prasar Bharati. Kala Iyer, Sanjiv Sood, Rajiv Khanpuri, Abhan Kaul, Shahid Waheed Khan and Vinod Zutshi were among those who spoke on the occasion.
2. The Association decided to soon organize a gathering in Aiwan-e Ghalib or Urdu Ghar, in which those academics, journalists and experts who were part of the evaluation panels, would be invited. They will express their views regarding this delay on the part of Prasar Bharati in commissioning programmes for DD Urdu. In addition, prominent names of the Urdu world like Dr. Khaleeq Anjum, Prof. Siddiqur Rahman Kidwai, Dr. Aslam Parwez, Dr. Anwar Pasha, Moeen Ejaz, Masoom Muradabadi, Prof. Naseer Ahmad Khan, Prof. Sohel Ahamd Faruqi, etc. will also be requested to grace the meet and help in transforming the protest meet into a movement. The reporter spoke to some of them and used their quotes in the report. They have expressed their solidarity with the Urdu producers.
3. The Association will soon approach Mulayam Singh Yadav and Imam Bukhari of Jama Masjid Delhi to bring to their notice the plight of the Urdu Producers and enlist their support for the cause.
[A summary of a news report that appeared in the Urdu daily Inquilab (Delhi) on 4 July 2012]