AMK welcomes new Secretary for Cultural Academy 

June 2, 2012

Rejuvenate the defunct Kashmiri section

Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) has welcomed the appointment of Secretary for the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) hoping that Mr Khalid Bashir will give fillip to cultural  and literary activities in the State. “Though government wasted a lot of  time in deciding about the Secretary for JKAACL which was ominous for the State’s literary scene, but now we hope that the new Secretary will accelerate the efforts of  promotion and preservation of arts, culture and literature in Jammu & Kashmir,” AMK said.

Referring to the defunct Kashmiri language section of the JKAACL, AMK president Dr Aziz Hajni said the new Secretary is expected to realise the importance of the issue and will put his efforts to rejuvenate the Kashmiri section. “Kashmiri section has not been working in tune with the requirements of promoting the Kashmiri language and literature, the mother tongue of the majority of the State,” Hajni maintained.

Expressing its anguish over the efforts by some sections of the current dispensation to curb and control the JKAACL which is constitutionally an autonomous body, AMK  reiterated its stand that autonomy of the JKAACL should not be compromised and it should work independent of any department or ministry of the government. AMK hoped that new Secretary will work towards strengthening the autonomy of the JKAACL as is prevalent in rest of India where all literary and cultural academies work independently despite the funding from the State and Central governments. “AMK will extend all support and co-operation to the Secretary in the efforts of promotion and preservation of Kashmiri language, literature and culture in the State,” AMK maintained.

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