We Are Brahmin Descendants: Farooq

NEW DELHI:  Union Minister and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Wednesday said that Kashmiri’s are the descendants of Sarswati Brahamans and to authenticate his claim Farooq cited infamous remarks of former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto about Kashmiris.

Farooq Abdullah was speaking on the occasion of book release function at New Delhi which was organized by National Book Trust of India in which  six Kashmiri books were released.

Farooq  Abdullah said that the fact Kashmiris were originally Brahimins was also endorced by former Pakistan prime minister when he said that there is communal harmony between Muslims and Pandits in Kashmir because Kashmiri Muslims are the descendants of Brahamans.

Dr Farooq castigated J&K Cultural Academy alleging that the academy has forgotten its motto and has fallen prey to politics. 

“The real job of Cultural Academy is to encourage poor authors and help their writings get published but politics has marred this institution,” he said adding that Kashmiri language should be propagated at all levels and concrete steps should be taken to make it a part of curriculum in all the government and private schools of Kashmir.

According to correspondent present on the occasion, Farooq Abdullah was all praise for those writers and scholars who kept Kashmiri language alive till date.

Dr Aziz Hajni said that Kashmiri language received a major setback in 1953, the year late Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah was put behind the bars. “Shiekh Abdullah played a key role in propagating this language however, the language almost ceased to exist when he was imprisoned in 1953,” he said adding that Kashmir has its own history which is rich and this nation has produced gems like world renowned historian Kalhana.

The books released by Dr Farooq Abdullah included ‘Wazij Rantus’, authored by Muntazir Ahmed, ‘Deenu Say Denanath’, ‘Gawon Ka Beta’ translated into Kashmiri by Prof Pyarey Lal Hatash, ‘Humi Jan Sund Khwab’, Ghasun Chhuth Ponpur’ authored by Ghulam Nabi Atish, ‘Anjam by Javid Matji and Jumuan Kaka by Dr R.L.Shan.

Those who were present on the occasion were Sharief-u-Din Sharik, Director National Book Trust of India Dr M.A.Sikandar, Farooq Nazki, Muhammad Saleem Beigh and K.K.Raina. (CNS) 

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