Appreciating the beauty and richness of Urdu language, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that it symbolised the syncretic culture of India and all citizens should do something to ensure that it flourishes.
"It is a symbol of Ganga-Jamni tehzeeb (syncretic culture)... The presence of such eminent people in such large numbers is a proof that Urdu is living langauge. We all must do something for it," Singh said while addressing a gathering at the launch of senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar's book 'Ehsas-o-Izhar' in the Capital.
"Hazaron jawabon se achchi hai khamoshi meri, na jaane kitne sawalon ki aabru rakhe. (My silence is better than a thousand answers, it keeps intact the honour of innumerable questions)," Singh recited the couplet in his short speech which drew applause from the audience.
'Ehsas-o-Izhar' is a handpicked collection of Urdu poetry in devnagri script. "My new book is an anthology of some of the finest verses in Urdu poetry. It reflects sensitivity that has kept alive the poet in me. It is a reflection of my own thoughts & deepest sentiments experienced in the different phases of my life," Kumar said.