Gojri writers in J&K today urged the state government to treat them as Ethno-Linguistic Minority in the state and provide constitutional safeguards to the Gojri language by recommending its inclusion in Eighth Schedule of Constitution of India.
A number of Gojri writers today gathered here at the Jammu and Kashmir
Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in connection with the release of 12 latest Gojri books brought out by the state Academy during current year.
Dr Rafeeq Masoodi, secretary, J&K Academy revealed that today’s event was a historic one as researchers from all over the state are participating and presenting their views on various aspects of Gujjars -- the third largest ethnic group of the state.
He said that Gojri, one of the oldest and significant languages of the South Asian sub continent has a strong case for inclusion into university curriculum based on its significance, merit and vivacity.
Earlier welcoming the guests, Dr Javaid Rahi, editor-cum-cultural officer and head of the Gojri wing of the state Academy said that 50 rare and greatest works in English, Persian and Sanskrit stands chosen to be translated in a daring, long-term project to bring landmark works in Gojri.
He said that under this prestigious project 12 publications have already been translated this year into Gojri. The project aims to revitalise the art of translation among Gujjars across the Indian sub-continent and reverse the long decline in Gojri readership’s access to major works of global literature, philosophy, and history.
Another objective of this rare effort is to connect Gujjars spread all over Central Asia to their roots, Dr Rahi added.
This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010, he said. The books released on the occasion includes three volumes of Golden History of Gojri Literature by Dr Rafeeq Anjum, Gojri Ka Lal by Hussan Parwaz, Sheeraza Gojri six issues, Gojri Lok Geet, and Gojri Lok Kahanies edited by Dr Javaid Rahi and Manshah Khaki
Prominent writer Ch Fazal Mushtaq in his Presidential address said that Gojri has a strong literary tradition. It has been recognised as a tribal language of India
by the National Academy of Letters, ‘Sahitya Academy’.
Ch Ghulam Rasool Asgher, novelist in his address said that several pleas by the groups and individuals espousing the cause have failed to convince the political leadership for inclusion of Gojri in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, thus giving the language the recognition it deserves since very long.
The memorandum further sought the help of Kashmiri, Dogri and other linguistic groups, political parties and social organisations in this justified cause of tribal population of the state.
Ch Talib Hussain former MP said that state government has already recognised Gojri by including it in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and it is the aspiration of millions of people, who want that due credit should be given to this ancient language which is serving our motherland for centuries together.