Jammu: Exhorting people, especially the youth, to develop a passion for their mother tongue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devender Singh Rana Saturday said that the death of one’s language was like the death of the soul.
“We must develop passion and deep love for our mother tongue and not shy in making its use in our day-to-day life, particularly at home,” a statement of BJP quoted Rana as saying during a Dogri folk music programme at the Jammu and Kashmir Academy for Art, Culture and Languages.
He said Jammu and Kashmir was a repository of Dogri, Kashmiri, Gojri, Punjabi, Pahari, Pogi, Saraji, Bhaderwahi, Padri, Kishtwari, Balti, and other languages and their promotion was imperative for the harmony and bonding of the people.
“Being well-versed in other languages alongside the national language is the need of the hour and this can place everyone in good stead in the fast-changing world,” Rana said.
Referring to Dogri language, he exhorted Dogri artists and scholars to ponder how the pristine glory of this language is restored in the larger interest of bringing Dogras together.
Rana said that though it may be easy to sermonise that people should be speaking the mother language yet the reality was that Dogras were shying away from using their language at home.
“The onus lies on the artists and scholars, who are conscious keepers of the Dogra heritage, to play their crucial role in promoting, propagating and sustaining Dogri,” he said and expressed happiness that Dogra youth engaged in music and theatre had succeeded in breaking the ice and making the language popular among the youth.
“It is heartening that apart from Dogras, non-Dogras too are evincing interest in Dogri music,” Rana said.
He exuded confidence that harmony and reconciliation could be achieved as a result of the reclamation of the Dogri language.
“We owe it to the posterity to preserve Dogra language and bequeath it to future generations with a sense of pride,” Rana said.