Updated December 17th, 2023 at 09:15 IST
'Home, water, land can be snatched, not language': Mufti now advocates for language preservation
PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti advocated for preserving Kashmir's regional languages while highlighting the integral role it plays in defining identity.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti stressed the importance of preserving regional languages in the Kashmir Valley, advocating for the significance of speaking mother tongues within households. At an event held at the Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust in Jammu on Saturday, Mufti emphasised that language constitutes an intrinsic part of one's identity, which cannot be taken away unless forgotten.
Addressing the audience, Mufti urged Kashmiris to uphold their native languages, underlining that while "your homes, your water can be snatched away from you, even your land can be taken away, but nobody can take away your language from you unless you forget that yourself." Expressing further concern over the declining use of native languages among the younger generation, Mufti lamented, “We have stopped speaking our languages, be it Kashmiri, Dogri, or Gujari. Now, when a child is born, parents use words like 'come here' and 'go there' in English.”
She urged parents to converse in their mother tongues with their children at home, stressing the essential role of this practice in safeguarding regional languages. Mufti passionately advocated, “So I would like to plead with you to talk in your own language, your mother tongue, at home with your kids. If you want to save your language, whether it is Dogri, Gujari, or Kashmiri, no one can snatch that away.”
Further, Mufti commemorated the first death anniversary of Masud Choudhary, the former Vice-Chancellor of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) and Chairman of Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust. Recognized as the "Sir Syed of the Gujjar community," Choudhary was lauded for his dedication to social and educational progress. Having retired as Additional Director General of Police in 2004, he later became the founding Vice-Chancellor of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, leaving a lasting impact on generations to come.
Mufti's advocacy for preserving regional languages comes during a crucial period in the region's history. The PDP recently suspended all its political activities for seven days in solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir following the Supreme Court's verdict on Article 370. The apex court upheld the validity of the Union government's 2019 decision to abrogate Article 370, thereby stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status
Published December 17th, 2023 at 09:15 IST