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JU holds meet on 'Depiction of violence in Dogri'
A lecture on 'Depiction of violence in Dogri' literature was organised at the Jammu University. The lecture stressed on its linguistic development and the richness of Dogri, which glorified patriotism and the spirit of war for defending one's country.

THOUGH THE literature in Dogri language is nearly six decades old, the progress made by this language has made such a tremendous progress over these years that no other language has. The language has recently got recognition countrywide by virtue of its inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. In the past, Dogri had a rich spoken history in the forms of folklores, folk songs, ballads etc. While delivering an extension lecture, organised by the centre for adult, continuing education and extension, University of Jammu, on ’Depiction of violence in Dogri literature’, Professor Lalit Magotra, said that Dogri has progressed by leaps and bounds and its literature flourished in a great way in the past 60 years. Magotra is the president of Dogri Sanstha, J&K

"In these past 60 years, Dogri language has been enriched by stories, dramas, poetry etc by a number of good authors and poets including Dinoo Bhai Pant, Prof Ram Nath Shahstri, Yash Sharma, Padma Sachdev, etc," said Professor Magotra adding that Dogri, in the past few years only, has become a language which has developed own style manual, has come forward with electronic dictionary, computer terminology, computer software etc.

Regarding the theme of violence in Dogri literature, Professor Magotra explained in detail about the existence of violence in every sphere of human life, how it is weakening the roots of the society and is overshadowing the humanistic values of the society.

Asserting that violence has taken over a different shape and human beings have started enjoying the acts of the violence, he said that boxing and wrestling are the acts of violence and have now become the acts of entertainment for us. He further added that violence ranges from domestic confines to community workplace and many other forms. If violence is actually in our perception, and our perception makes us violent in our behavior and if violence continues like this it will be dreadful for the whole society.

He also threw light on the Dogri literature written in the past few years, which glorified patriotism and the spirit of war for defending one’s country, the songs sung by Dogra women for their husbands who are out in the field fighting as warriors and their wives singing songs in praises of their valour and urging them to return victorious otherwise, they would see them dead on their return.

Reading out from some beautifully written short stories and poems ’Bil Kak’ written by Ved Rahi, he beautifully, highlighted as to how violence and humanistic values are shown in the Dogri literature. He added that militancy and migration in various parts of J&K has added to the increased portrayal of violence in Dogri literature.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Poonam Dhawan, director, CACE&E, who presided over the lecture, said that Dogri is a rich language and Professor Magotra had done extensive work on it.

Earlier, Dr Kavita Suri, assistant director, CACE&E , JU, who coordinated the lecture, presented the welcome and introduced the speaker to the audience.

Among those who were present at the occasion included Professor Veena Gupta, Dr Shashi Pathania, Dr Sushma Sharma, from the department of Dogri, JU, Vivek Sharma, coordiantor, CACE&E, Priyanka Sharma, Pallavi Sachdeva, Dr Bharti Prabhakar and others.

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