JAMMU, Feb 12: Demanding inclusion of Gojri language in the eighth schedule of Indian Constitution -the speakers of a programme organised here today by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF) stressed for immediate attention of Union Government.
The event was held to discuss the issue related to national recognition of Gojri. The programme was presided over by noted tribal researcher Dr Javaid Rahi while a number of writers , artists and intellectuals of Gojri language were among the participants
Dr Javaid Rahi, in his address stated that Gojri is the largest spoken ‘tribal languages’ of northern-western states India which includes Himachal Pardesh, Haryana, Utterakhand, Punjab, Delhi, UP , Rajasthan, Andhra Pardesh, Gujarat – and with more than three millions native speakers in Jammu and Kashmir State. He said the Gojri fulfils all the requisites criteria and qualify for the grant of recognized Indian language status long back.
The speakers said that the influence of Gojri – as a cultural language in Indian-subcontinent is increasing day by day mainly due to growing ethnic consciousness among Gujjars, Bakerwals and other communities who speaks this language since centuries.
The meeting was informed that for inclusion of Gojri in India Constitution, Governor of J&K and two former Chief Ministers have time and again recommended inclusion of Gojri in the list of recognized Indian Languages.
A committee of senior writers, poets and intellectual was also framed to work jointly in order to meet different dignitaries to address the issues with regard to recognition and development of Gojri language and Culture.
Those who spoke included Abdul Kareem Dildar, Ghulam Rubani, Aaijaz Ahsen, Rukam Din Bhomla, Aslam Bhalot , Khadam Khaki and others.