Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has faced criticism from Urdu speakers for taking oath in English.
Azad, a former Union Minister and an ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was expected to take the oath in Urdu, the official language of the state which he belongs to.
Besides, Indian Muslims predominantly speak Urdu and are emotionally attached to it. The Urdu Development Organisation (UDO) has condemned Azad’s decision to take oath in English, which is not his mother tongue either.
UDO office-bearer Bahrul Uloom has urged other Muslim leaders who are supposed to take oath during the next cabinet expansion, to express their love for Urdu, which is one of the official languages of India.
Azad was sworn in as a cabinet minister by president Dr Pratibha Patil after the recent Lok Sabha elections gave a decisive victory to Dr Manmohan Singh-led Congress government. In the past, Muslims have generally taken oath in Urdu.