[lg policy] India: Spell out policy on Kashmiri language in poll manifestos: literati asks politicians

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 1 15:22:49 UTC 2014

 Spell out policy on Kashmiri language in poll manifestos: literati asks
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*AMK awards given away; Baderwahi conferred ‘Sharaf-e-Kamraz,’ Jeelani,
Lone, KNS get ‘Khilat-e-Hanfi  Sopori’*

*[image: adbee markaz kamraz banihal pic farooq shah (32)]
*Banihal, Aug 31:* Well-known writers, poets and academicians Sunday asked
political parties of Jammu and Kashmir to define their policy vis-a-vis
preservation of Kashmiri language and culture in their manifestos for the
forthcoming elections.

They were speaking at the 35th Annual Kashir Conference of Adbee Markaz
Kamraz (AMK), which concluded here today.

The conference resolved that all political parties especially those
operating from Kashmir should include ‘promotion of Kashmiri language’ in
their election manifestos as an ‘important issue’ to protect it for future
The literati also cautioned the political parties and groups for ignoring
Kashmiri language and indulging in wrongdoings vis-a-vis Kashmiri language.

On the occasion several other important resolutions were also passed for
safeguarding and promotion of Kashmiri language in the state.
The resolutions included demand for National Council for Promotion of
Kashmiri Language, making Kashmiri language compulsory for Administrative
Officers of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, classical status for Kashmiri
language, inclusion of Kashmiri as a subject in schools of Jammu region.

The resolutions, unanimously passed during the two-day conference, were
presided over by former bureaucrat Muhammad Shafi Pandit.
In his presidential address on the occasion, he assured all possible help
for motivating the government in the implementation of these resolutions.
“Language is our identity and we have to be sensible while promoting our
mother tongue,” he said.

President Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Dr Aziz Hajini said government has no policy
towards the preservation and promotion of Kashmiri language and literature.

“Many hurdles were created by the bureaucracy against our demand for making
Kashmiri as an evaluative subject in all the schools of Kashmir division up
to secondary level. This is really unfortunate as we will be forced to come
on roads in protest,” he said in his key note address.
Poet and writer Rafiq Raaz said Kashmir’s future generation would remain
underdeveloped if we ignored our language.
“Broken language and culture doesn’t have the long life provided they
recover from the onslaught,” he said during the inaugural session.
The session was presided over by Prof Marghoob Banihali with Rafiq Raz,
Brij Hali and Shehzadi Simon as Guests of Honour.
AMK President delivered the key note address while the session was
conducted by senior journalist, Shujaat Bukhari.
Muhammad Amin Bhat, General Secretary AMK presented the annual report. He
said, “AMK has been reaching far-off places of Jammu and Kashmir expanding
beyond Valley. AMK reached out to Kashmiri speaking people living in Chenab
Valley and Pir Panjal which gives us a satisfaction as it helps in bridging
the gap after long time.”
Several literary and poetic events were also part of the conference held in
the joint compound of Government Degree College and Government Boys Higher
Secondary School, Banihal.  These were organized by the Jammu and Kashmir
Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL), Sahitya Akademi, Radio
Kashmir and Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar.
A known singer Rashid Jehangir also enthralled audience with his soulful
Kashmiri songs in the evening.
Three books ‘Goshan Hund Posh’ written by Bashir Baderwahi, ‘Wachas Tal
Mazar’ by Shamshudin Shamim and ‘Taawus Banihali’ by Manshoor Banihali were
also released by guest of honor Prof Margoob Banihal, Brij Hali, Shehzadi
Saimon and others.
In another session Prof Shad Ramzan presented the theme paper. The session
was chaired by Prof Muhammad Zaman Azurdah with Rukhsana Jabeen and noted
educationist Muhammad Rafi in the presidium. Later, Prof Bashar Bashir,
Sohan Lal Kaul and Nazir Masoodi presented review of the paper.
Other prominent poets, writers and delegates of AMK attending the
conference included Aseer Kishtwari, Prof H K Kher, Piyare Hatash, Ghulam
Nabi Aatish, Prof Iqbal Nazki, Prof Mashal Sultanpuri, Justice Bashir Ahmad
Kirmani and NC leader Sajad Shaheen.
Speaking on the occasion Shaheen lauded the role of AMK. “We have been
ignored by all. However, Adbee Markaz Kamraz has given a sense of belonging
to the people of Banihal and other areas of Chenab valley,” he said.
On the conclusion, noted poet and writer Bashir Baderwahi was conferred
this year’s “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” award for his contribution towards Kashmiri
“Jo-e Adab Kaij Nag Handwara” bagged the “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” award in the
category of literary organizations, for their efforts on ground to reach
out to poets and writers of Kashmiri language in Handwara and Langate areas
of Kupwara district. The award was received by spokesman Pervez Majeed and
his colleagues of the organization. “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” carries cash prize,
memento and citation for the each awardee.
This year’s “Khilat-e-Hanfi Sopori” award was conferred to noted singer
Waheed Jeelani for his contribution in promoting Kashmiri language and
literature through music.
In the administration category, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, Deputy Commissioner
Baramulla was conferred “Khilat-e-Hanfi Sopori” award for his contribution
towards promotion of Kashmiri language as an administrator.
In the media category of “Khilat-e-Hanfi Sopori” award was awarded to
Kashmir News Service (KNS) for providing generous space for literary and
cultural activities in Kashmir which help in promotion and preservation of
Kashmiri language and literature. This year’s “Mohi-u-din Hajni Gold
Medal,” which is given to a student who tops the MA Kashmiri examination of
Kashmir University, in collaboration with prominent Kashmiri daily
newspaper “Sangarmal” was given to Bilal Ahmad Shiekh.

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