Book release marks Dogri Manta Din celebration by Dogri Sanstha

Dogri Sanstha members releasing Shiv Mehta’s book on Monday.
Dogri Sanstha members releasing Shiv Mehta’s book on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 19: A historical novel  “Peediyen Di Peed”,  authored by prominent Dogri fiction writer Shiv Mehta,   was released by Dogri Sanstha at a well attended function organized at Dogri Bhawan in connection with Dogri Manta Din -2016 celebrations.
Veteran writer-critic Padamshri Prof  Nilembar Dev Sharma presided over the function whereas Prof  Lalit Magotra was the chief guest and Dr Veena Gupta was  the guest of honour.
The voluminous novel, first of its kind in Dogri, narrates the story encompassing 12 generations  of Dogras from 1650 to 1950. The main theme of novel is based on the Karma theory    that generations suffer for the misdeeds of their ancestors.
In his address, Prof  Magotra said that ” Peediyen Di Peed” is  superb gift on this occasion of jubilation by Shiv Mehta who is known for his unique  style of story telling . He cautioned the Dogras against the anti-Dogri attitude of present coalition Government which , he said, has adopted a policy of ignoring and undermining the significance  of Dogri in every field.
Dr Veena Gupta said that Government has made least contribution to the development of Dogri language, literature and culture. “Thousands of students who love to read Dogri as a subject are being forced to shift to other languages,” she alleged.
Kashmir Singh, former Legislator, lamented that in spite of  a considerable number of public representatives of Jammu region sharing power, they were acting as  mute spectators to the  dire state of their mother tongue.
Prof  N D  Sharma  recalled the long struggle to secure the constitutional honour for Dogri.
In his welcome address Chhatrapal, president of Dogri Sanstha, announced to launch an agitation for the restoration of Dogri subject in Hr Secondary schools. “It is crime to thwart a person from speaking or learning his/her mother tongue. Many social, cultural, political and religious organizations and sections of society have come forward to support this agitation,” he added.
Shiv Mehta interacted with the audience on his writing process and also read out some paragraphs of his novel.  The programme was  followed by a Kavi Sammelan

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