Mufti for collective efforts to revive Kashmiri language
17 September 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has called for collective efforts at government and societal level to revive Kashmiri language and culture saying official measure alone would not get the desired results. The Chief Minister was addressing the two-day 26th Kashmiri Conference organized by Adbee Markaz, Kamraz here this afternoon. He also launched a website of the Adbee Markaz. Deputy Chief Minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, Chief Patron of the Markaz, prominent writers, poets and intellectuals of Kashmir and a large number of lovers of Kashmiri language were present. Mufti Sayeed said his government has taken some steps to revive the Kashmiri language and has issued an order calling for effective monitoring of the Government decision to introduce Kashmiri language in schools. He said the government would take whatever steps are required to revive the heritage of Kashmir, importantly its language but this alone would not be sufficient. He said instead of looking at the Government initiative organisations like Adbee Markaz and writers, poets and scholars at individual level would have to come forward and play their role to achieve the objective. He called upon prominent writers and scholars of Kashmiri language, who, he said, have spent their lifetime in its enrichment to play a leading role in this regard adding the mother tongue is the best means of expression of one’s feelings. Mufti Sayeed said in an era of media various channels are available for propagation of language, literature and culture. He said government has constituted a core group for the promotion of art and culture of the State under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary. The group comprises departments of Information, Education and Cultural Academy and Doordarshan. He also called for coordination of the group with institutions like university and Radio Kashmir. The Chief Minister asked the Adbee Markaz, Kamraz to expand itself and cover the whole of Jammu and Kashmir instead of remaining confined to Kamraz (north Kashmir). The proceedings of the inaugural session of the Conference were conducted by noted journalist, Shujaat Bukhari while Aziz Hajini read the keynote address. On this occasion, MLC, Basharat Bukhari announced Rs. one lakh from his constituency development fund for the uplift of Kashmiri language.