[lg policy] Pakistan: Speakers demand national status for Sindhi language

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 25 14:21:34 UTC 2014

Speakers demand national status for Sindhi language
By PPI <http://tribune.com.pk/author/80/ppi/> / Our Correspondent
Published: September 25, 2014

SU acting vice-chancellor Dr Imdad Ismaili said that those nations who
denounce their mother tongues do not progress. DESIGN: ANAM HALEEM

*At a seminar held to discuss how literature can help curb extremism,
speakers reiterated the demand to accord national status to the Sindhi
language and enforce the law on teaching it as a compulsory subject in

The seminar was titled ‘Can Extremism be Brought to an End with
Literature?’ and was organised by the Mirza Kaleech Baig chair of the Sindh
University (SU) on Wednesday.  SU acting vice-chancellor Dr Imdad Ismaili
said that those nations who denounce their mother tongues do not progress.

The speakers also addressed issues such as honour killings, wedding with
the Quran and underage marriages. Another speaker, Mumtaz Ali Rind, said
that forced marriages and child marriages were a curse in Sindhi culture
which is also a form of extremism.

Abbas Korejo said that those people who want to impose their ideology
forcibly are extremists. He added that Sindh needed a scientific society
instead of ‘mere Sufism’ because it could only develop and progress with
modern education and literature.

Marvi Shaikh said that the English language was imposed on the Indian
subcontinent in a bid to control the minds of the people so that they lead
their lives in constant slavery. She said that the language policy was
introduced in 1835 by the British and needs to be changed now. “We have to
get our basic education in Sindhi language and we demand of the government
that Sindhi language be given the status of a national language,” she said.

*Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2014.*


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