Pitch Grows For Kashmiri Language Preservation


SRINAGAR — A large number of Kashmiri writers Tuesday said that they will fight against the removal of Kashmiri language translations from MHRD portal.

Stating that the Kashmiri culture is an inclusive ethos the writers poets and social workers who met here at Tagore Hall said that they will fight any conspiracy aimed at damaging the traditional “linguis­tic or cultural aura of Kashmir.”

Terming the removal of Kash­miri Language from Sangam Portal by Union Home Ministry a political move initiated at the behest of some ‘trolls’, the writ­ers requested Home ministry to revoke the decision.

A galaxy of writers, intellec­tuals, poets and members from civil society attended an assem­bly hosted by Adbi Marjaz Kam­raz Jammu and Kashmir, states largest Literary and cultural organisation, to take note of the issue. The event was moderated by noted artists broadcaster and former General secrecy AMK Muhmmad Amin Bhat. Amin said that Kashmiri Language is most important dimension “of our cultural ethos that believes in inclusiveness of cultures and has equal importance for Mus­lim and Pandith communities.”

Terming HRD Minstry’s move of removing Kashmiri language from portal as politically moti­vated, Amin said that issue was “purely a linguistic issue which ministry should have referred to linguistic experts before taking any decision.”

Bhat said that Pandits have equal “responsibility as Muslims have to save and safeguard Kash­miri language.”

He said “The decision seems to be hastily taken at the behest of some trolls so we all will fight it tooth and nail in unison”.

Parvaiz Manoos representing Gujjar and Pahari community said that Kashmiri Language is the mother of all “regional lan­guages”. “Kashmiri Language is umbrella of all regional language so damaging this language means damaging all languages,” Manoos said. Participants expressed an­guish over the politics of culture and language and decided to fight any such political step that can be can “be harmful for Kashmir identity and consciousness.”

Vice President Kashmir Cham­ber of Commerce Dr Abdul Majeed Mir said that Cultural Identity is most “important com­ponent of society that cannot be compromised at any cost.”

He said that “biased and mo­tivated political moves and mo­tives cannot be allowed to over­ride our cultural consciousness.”

Patron AMK JK Muhammad Ramzan (Mashal Sultanpori) who chaired the meet said that all the literary and cultural organisation are united at this time.

“it is matter of language and identity and we will fight it to­gether till it’s logical end ,”said Mashal. Dr Rafiqe Masoodi for­mer ADG Doordarshan,Gushan Badrani,Shahnaz Rashid,Khaliq Shams Gen Secretary AMK,Shabnum Telgami AMK also spoke on occasion. Among the others who spoke include Bashir Dada, Nisar Nadeem, Waheed Jeelani, Parvez Ma­noos, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, Advocate Shabir Ahmad Aariz, Gulshan Badrani, Shahnaz Ra­sheed, Shabir Hussain Shabir, Inayat Gul, Dr Shabnam Rafeeq, Muneer Masoodi, Nisar Nadeem, Imtiyaz Ahmad Bazaz, Maqbool Sajid, Dr Syed Iftikhar, Riyaz Anz­noo and Nadir Ahsan.

Participants expressed their concern and resolved that the Union HRD ministry “be ap­proached immediately requesting it to restore the position of Kash­miri Language in Bhasha Sangam Portal without any loss of time. An action committee was framed to decide the further coerce of ac­tion in future if needed. “

The members representing Maraz Adbi Sangam, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and In­dustries, Maraz Kamraz Accaemy, Sanlab Adbi Ta Tehqiqi Markaz Banihal, Kashmir Markaz-i-Adab Va- Saqafat Budgam, Gulshan Cultural Forum Kashmir, Kash­mir Music Club, Pahari Writ­ers Foundation, Aaab-i- Rawan Kashmir and Members of Adbi Markaz Kamraz attend the event. President AMK Farooq Rafiabad presented vote of thanks.

 Removing Kashmiri Translation From MHRD Portal Shocking: Tarigami

 CPI (M) leader and former MLA Kulgam, M Y Tari­gami on Tuesday said that the decision of Ministry of Human Resource Development to with­draw Kashmiri translations from its language-promoting portal — Bhasha Sangam — af­ter objections from certain quarters was a move aimed to “undermining the identity of Kashmiri speaking people.”

In a statement he said, “The MHRD ministry’s move is a shocking decision as it has hurt the sentiments of Kashmiris. The objections raised by few people after which the decision was taken are bizarre. Greetings are generally devoid of religious connotations and raising objec­tions over it is strange.”

He said MHRD ministry should not have acted on the presump­tions of a handful of “communal minded elements, whose only motto is to divide the society on one pretext or the other.”

“The concerned authorities in the MHRD ministry must consult prominent writers and historians on Kashmiri culture, literature and language to clear misgivings created by divisive elements,” he added.

“The issues of script of Kash­miri language have been raised earlier also which were mutu­ally and amicably resolved by the language experts and writ­ers from both Kashmiri Muslim and Pandit communities after which the existing Kashmiri script in vogue was adopted which is now used by the uni­versity of Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir academy of art, cul­ture and languages, Northern Regional Languages center, Patiala, Sahatya academy and other cultural forays

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