International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2012

AMK reiterates its pledge, reminds govt its promises    

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) reiterates its commitment toward preservation and promotion of Kashmiri language and literature and also solicits the support of Kashmiri speakers irrespective of region or religion.

Proclaimed by the UNESCO in 1999, the International Mother Language Day is observed annually on 21 February worldwide “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.” Thus the importance of mother tongue and support to movements for their preservation and protection has the universal acclaim. On this day, AMK reiterates that it will revitalize its “language movement” and form a comprehensive strategy for the promotion and preservation of Kashmiri language and literature. Kashmiri language is a symbol and guardian of collective identity of Kashmiri culture and civilisation and AMK has resolved to mobilise public opinion for protection of their mother tongue.  For this purpose, AMK and civil society are working together in the larger interests of collective identity of Kashmiris irrespective of region or religion. An eleven- member committee comprising of eminent members of civil society has already been set-up to take-up different issues of the language with the government. AMK believes that protection of Kashmiri language guarantees protection of centuries-old Kashmiri culture and civilisation.

Alongwith creating literature, the need is to introduce Kashmiri as evaluative academic subject at school, college and university levels. On this day, AMK reminds the government of its promises about teaching of Kashmiri language as evaluative subject in 9th and 10th classes, and also the issue of shortage of teachers of Kashmiri language in schools and colleges. Over the years these issues have been taken up with the government at various levels, but nothing has happened beyond promises.

AMK appreciates the efforts of Kashmiri speaking people around the world to preserve their mother tongue through various means including music and internet. These small yet potent efforts are reassuring about the protection of Kashmiri language outside its homeland.

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