Hyderabad: French is the language of France, Spanish is the language of Spain but Hindustani is not the language of Hindustan. This remark was made by Prof. Panchanan Mohanty, Dean, School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad while addressing 4th National Conference on “Language, Literature and Society” organized by Dept. of English, Maulana Azad National Urdu University. Prof. C.R. Vishweshwara Rao, former VC of Vikramasimhapuri University inaugurated the conference.
Continuing his speech, Prof. Mohanty told that only 4% Indian speak English but this language keeps the entire country united. There are 22 scheduled languages which 96.6% people speak. He felt the need for research on Indian English. He told that if Indian English is recognized as an Indian language, it could be taught as a local language instead of a foreign language. Teaching English through other language is one of the basic difficulties of acquisition of this language. English should be taught without the intervention of anyother language as we teach our mother tongue.
Prof. Vishweshwara Rao reviewed the critical thought process right from Aristophanes to the modern historians. He told that society was construed in the context of the development of Literature. Now it is being considered as a literary text.
Prof. Naseemuddin Farees, Dean, School of Languages, Linguistics and Indology applauded the efforts of the Dept. of English of MANUU for organizing this conference. By selecting the topic as “Language, Literature and Society”, the conference has been made very valuable.
Dr. Shugufta Shaheen, Head of the Dept. of English, MANUU told that society is the mirror of Literature and hence the important task of Literature is to promote Human values. The discussions on theoretical principles and aesthetic values have been engaging the attention of the writers right from the ancient times. This issue is continued in the modern era also. In this context it is essential to organize Literary discussion and discourses like this.