Nov 26: “Give due place for Kashmiri language in curriculum”



A day long cultural conference was organised by the District Cultural Society at its headquarter Pulwama in South Kashmir on November 24, 2015. The event was presided over by members of JK Cultural Confederation – Ali Shaida (Vice Chairperson, South JKCC), M Amin (Spokesperson, JKCC) and Dr Farooq Fayaz (General Secretary, JKCC).

Rich tributes were paid to Baba-e-Sahafat Kh Sonaullah Bhat, the founder of Aftab, an Urdu daily, on his 6th death anniversary. It would be apt to recall that the late Chief Editor had earmarked a page of Aftab for the creative Urdu writers of Jammu & Kashmir.

The participants in the cultural conference stressed upon the state government to fulfil its promise to promote the Kashmiri language and give it its due space in the educational curriculum. The South JKCC Vice Chairperson Ali Shaida reminded the state’s Minister for Culture of its promise to create cultural centres at every district headquarters.

It is worth mentioning here that Pulwama was the birth and home town of the renowned poet of Kashmir – Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor, commonly known as Shayar-e-Kashmir (Poet of Kashmir). Mahjoor was close to Sheikh Abdullah, the first PM of Jammu & Kashmir after the Dogra rule was overthrown in 1947.

Besides activities like poetic recitations, several books of the local authors were released.

Reported by: Ali Shaida, Nov 25, 2015, alishaida@yahoo.com

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