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Kashmiri language should act as bridge between J&K and India: Azad

Jammu (India) February 9, 2010

Report & images by Raman Raina

A Saying that languages bridges the gap between societies, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that Kashmiri Language has a rich history and it should become a connecting bridge between J&K and rest of the country.

Azad was speaking during a one day All India Kashmiri Writers Conference at Abhinav Theatre which was organised by Adbi Markaz Kamraz and Cultural Academy.

Former J&K CM said that India has very rich heritage in terms of diversity and Jammu and Kashmir's linguistic plurality attests this in a pronounced manner and could create better understanding between the people.

Azad praised the role that the Cultural Academy was playing for promotion and development of culture in the state. He said that Cultural Academy was doing a commendable job as far as promotion of state's diversified culture was concerned.

Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather said that the Cultural Academy and institutions like Adbi Markaz Kamraz were doing a commendable role.

He assured the Cultural Academy that it should open offices at district levels and for that the institution would get every possible help from his ministry.Earlier, President Adbi Markaz Kamraz, Dr. Aziz Hajni gave a brief introduction of his organisation and said that the conference had been organized so as to sensitize people about Kashmiri as a language. "The fact that Kashmiri was being spoken by 40-45 per cent of people in

Jammu shows how important it is to promote the language in this region as well," Hajni said.
Speaking on the occasion Secretary Cultural Academy, Zafar Iqbal Manhas announced that the long cherished dream of setting up of Tehzeeb Mahal at Srinagar would become a reality in 2010 as the President of the Cultural Academy, the Chief Minister, was taking a keen interest in this project.

Earlier the Kashmiri writers collectively passed some resolutions for overall development of Kashmiri speaking people. The resolutions included opening of folklore studies centre at Jammu and Kashmir universities, teaching of Kashmiri language from first primary to 10th standard, provision of flight announcements in Kashmiri language, translations of international publications of repute into Kashmiri, airing / broadcasting Kashmiri programmes from Radio Kashmir, Jammu and Doordarshan Jammu, digitisation of Radio Kashmir Archives and shifting of Kasher channel from Delhi to Srinagar among many other demands.
Earlier a Kashmiri mushaira was organised wherein many poets of repute recited their latest poetic collections.The poets who recited their verses during the mushaira included Prof. Rehman Rahi, Farooq Nazki, Shahbaz Rajourvi, Brij Nath Betab, Mohammed

Zaman Azurda, Naseem Shefai, Shahnaz Rashid, Ghulam Nabi Gowhar, Ayub Dilbar, Sagar Sehrai, Bashir Arif and Nighat Nazar among many others.

The function was attended by many prominent personalities including minister for R&B GM Saroori, CPI (M) State Secretary, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, MLA Sangrama, Basharat Bukhari, former Director General Culture, Mohammed Yousuf Taing, noted poet and Jnanpith awardee Prof. Rehman Rahi, and Secretary Education, GA Peer among myriad others.

Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammu, India.
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