Govt wants Task Force to promote Kashmiri language



Srinagar, Oct 31: State Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather Wednesday pitched for constitution of a Cultural Task Force to promote Kashmiri language and overcome various challenges faced by the language at different levels, including academics and literature.
 “The group of dedicated people can make a huge difference in promoting the local culture and language. The task force can also pursue the issues related to the promotion of Kashmiri language at different forums,” Rather said, addressing the inaugural session of a two-day ‘Kashir Conference’ organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) here. “Kashmiri is spoken by around 66 percent population in J&K including Kishtwar, Dachan-Marwa, Wadwan and Gurez. The language is also spoken in the Chamba valley of Himachal Pradesh and therefore it should enjoy a special status and support from the state government and non-governmental organizations.”
 He said: “This language has a rich history behind it with the concept of socialism and resistance embedded therein. It is described with creative brilliance that encouraged many people towards the Kashmiri literature.” 
 The Minister assured financial help for the promotion of culture and preservation of antique literary and religious scriptures. 
 Rather said the history of Kashmiri language, literature and poetry starts from the period of Sufi poets like Lal Ded, Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali (RA), Shams Faqir with the Time Magazine highlighting the poetry of Lal Ded. “Likewise about 19 books have been published on the poetry of Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali (RA) in Kanad language,” he said.
 The two-day ‘Kashir Conference’ was attended by prominent writers and poets of the valley who presented papers and gave their suggestions for the promotion and preservation of the Kashmiri language.
 The speakers expressed their concern over the diminishing Kashmiri language in the valley and gave a clarion call for taking urgent steps for its revival and propagation.
 Prominent writer, poet and Gyanpeeth awardee, Prof Rehman Rahi presented the theme paper of the conference on the topic “Challenges and Opportunities”.
 Prof Rahi said the concept of Kashmiriyat is incomplete without Kashmiri language. “Whosoever is playing the tune of Kashmiriyat without talking of Kashmir, its language and culture is either foolish or does it for his own benefit,” he said. 
 “There are people who do not like the individual presence of the Kashmiri language. There is no will for the propagation of the Kashmiri language at the political level,” Prof Rahi said.
 Besides others, Prof. Margoob Banhali, Bimla Raina, Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Prof Bashar Bashir, Dr. Aziz Hajini, Shujaat Bukhari, Prof H.K Khar and Manshoor Banhali spoke on the occasion.
 Earlier, Secretary Cultural Academy, Khalid Bashir said: “It is important to make the Kashmiri language relevant to the modern times to ensure its survival.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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