Dogri writers announce to boycott JKAACL events

Writers and members of Dogri Sanstha during a meeting on Tuesday.
Writers and members of Dogri Sanstha during a meeting on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 29:  Agitated over no representation to Dogri language in the apex decision making Central Committee of Jammu Kashmir  Academy of Art Culture and Languages,  Dogri writers have announced to boycott all the  Academy functions besides staging dharna in front of the office of JKAACL Secretary..
A decision in this regard was taken during meeting, which was attended by   writers of Dogri and other languages, Dogri lovers,   members of civil society and representatives of various social and cultural organizations, here today.
The meet unanimously resolved that a sit- in   would be staged  on December 5, outside the office of the Secretary, JKAACL  to register protest against the non-inclusion of any Dogri writer in the newly constituted Central Committee,  which is the apex high power body for taking  final decision regarding  functioning, policies and planning of the Academy.
Chhatrapal, president of Dogri Sanstha and a noted Dogri writer, complained that no Dogri writer has been included in the Central Committee despite the fact that Dogri is the second largest language of the State and is included in the 8th schedule of Indian constitution. “This speaks of the sheer discrimination meted out to the Dogri speaking people of Jammu region,” he explained.
Prof Lalit Magotra, convenor Dogri Advisory Board in Sahitya Akademi and prominent writer, informed that the Dogri writers had earlier planned to stage dharna on November 7, 2016 but the agitation was put on hold on the assurance of Deputy Chief Minister that the grievances of Dogri writers and Dogras would be addressed very soon and had urged the agitating writers to allow some time to the Government to resolve the matter. “But in spite of a long wait no corrective measure has been taken as promised and thus forcing  the writers and  Dogri speaking public to adopt agitational means to get even their legitimate and rightful representation,” he added.
Others,  who spoke on the occasion,  included H  Jalmeria, Dr Ashok Khajuria, Dr Shashi Pathania, Randhir Singh Raipuria and Dr  Veena Gupta.

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