AMK releases stickers, books 

May 30, 2013

Sagar pledges govt’s support to AMK

As a significant step toward promotion and propagation of Kashmiri language, Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) today released stickers in an impressive function at the Auditorium of Radio Kashmir Srinagar. Three books in Kashmiri and Urdu languages were also released on the occasion. Minister of Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar was chief guest while as Muhammad Yousuf Taing presided over the function. The stickers, which carry four different slogans and appeals, have been specially prepared with an aim to sensitize people about the importance of preserving and promoting mother tongue. Three books in Kashmir and Urdu; Maan Azmat ke ayenay main byAkhtar Mansoor, Hum sub bachay by Hassan Azhar and Treish te sehrav, poetic collection of Shahida Shabnum were also released on the occasion. Rasheed Jawhar presented review on Treish te sehrav while as Dr Nazir Azad reviewed Hum sub bachay on the occasion.

Hailing the efforts of AMK in promoting Kashmiri language and literature, Ali Muhhamad Sagar said the government appreciates and acknowledges its commitment for the cause of Kashmiri language. In response to AMK’s dissatisfaction vis-à-vis the government attitude toward introduction of Kashmiri in 9th and 10th classes, Sagar promised to take up the matter with the Chief Minister immediately. “I promise my to support you and I assure you all the support of my party and the government,” he said. Referring to AMK President’s assertion that political parties’ slogans of Autonomy and Self-Rule are void if they don’t give due importance and space to Kashmiri langue and Kashmiri identity, Sagar remarked: “The (Kashmiri) language and identity is the essence of Autonomy.” Sagar emphasised that the speakers of Kashmiri language can have different political ideologies, “but we should be one voice for the cause of Kashmiri language.”

In his residential address, Muhammad Yousuf Taing discussed historical importance of Kahsmiri language saying Kashmiri is the oldest language in whole North and Eastern regions of India. “Amir Khusru, in one of his narrations of important Indian languages of his times, has mentioned Kashmiri with reverence ,” he said. Emphatically advocating to accord Kashmiri language the status of “Classical Language,” Taing said delaying this is tantamount to intellectual dishonesty of those at the helm.

Bashir Arif, Deputy-Director General of Radio Kashmir Srinagar while appreciating the efforts of AMK for Kashmiri language, assured full cooperation from his institution for promoting the language. “Radio Kashmir has played pivotal role in promoting Kashmiri language, folklore and music and we are committed to that role of ours,” he maintained.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed vowed to continue his support to AMK and stressed that all those who believe Kashmiri being their identity should come forward to protect Kashmiri language and civilisation.

Earlier in his welcome address, AMK President Dr Aziz Hajni asked the political parties and politicians of Kashmir to make the protection and promotion of Kashmiri language part of their political manifestoes. “If the slogans of Autonomy and Self-Rule don’t contain promotion of Kashmiri language and civilisation, they are void,” he asserted. Dr Hajni said political executive has to realise its duty toward the Kashmiri language which is as important an issu as any other political issue.

In his address, AMK General Secretary Dr Shujaat Bukhari said AMK succeeded in introduction of Kashmiri as a compulsory subject and the organisation will continue its efforts to make it a compulsory subject in 9th and 10th classes. Saying that one of the biggest challenges Kashmiri faces is in our homes, he said there is grave need that our children learn this language. “For that purpose, Kashmiri needs to be taught academically that is why AMK strives to make it an evaluative academic subject in schools and colleges,” he explained The literary event was graced by a galaxy of poets, writers,academicians and lovers of Kashmiri language and literature. They include: Prof Muhammad Zaman Azurdah, Farooq Nazki, Noor Shah, Dr A S Aman, Prof Nasir Mirza, Muhammad Rafi, Nusrat Andrabi, Qazi Muhammad Amin, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Shakil Qalandar, Imdad Saqi, Prof Iqbal Nazki, Raja Nazar Bunyari, Zeeshan Fazil, Shahnaz Rasheed, Satish

Vimal, Khursheed Wani, Asmat Ashai, Dr Jeelani, G N Haleem, A Q Shams,Mushtaq Sopori, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, Ali Shaida, Aijaz Ahmad Kakro, Fayaz Tilgami and Majeed Majazi.

Dr Shafaqat Altaf presented the vote of thanks. The proceedings were conducted by Ghulam Nabi Shakir.

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