DSJ Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark movement for teaching Dogri at school level

Dogri Sanstha office bearers addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. — Excelsior/Rakesh
Dogri Sanstha office bearers addressing a press conference at Jammu on Monday. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 31: Dogri Sanstha Jammu, which is completing 75 years of its existence in the year 2019, has announced to celebrate Platinum Jubilee Year of the organization by launching a movement for teaching Dogri at school levels besides organizing a series of literary events.
A series of programmes have been scheduled to be held throughout the next year, which include– a seminar, exclusively on the formation, history and achievements of Dogri Sanstha, felicitation of outstanding Dogri writers and contributors, organising special music programs/folk music programs, organizing poetry and short story workshops, organizing Mushairas/ Kavi-Goshthies outside Jammu, commemorative tributes to deceased writers, workshop on Dogri spellings and standard forms of Dogri, publication of Platinum Jubilee Memorial Volume etc.

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This was informed by Prof Lalit Magotra, president of Dogri Sanstha, while addressing a press conference, here today.
However, he added, the main focus of the Sanstha in this year, will be to launch a movement to compel the Government to teach Dogri at Primary and Middle levels of school education. “For this, Sanstha will seek help of general public, all political parties and other social and cultural organizations,” he said and called upon all literary and cultural organizations, working for Dogri, to come together and work in unison for this purpose.
Stating that the Dogri language is presently at a critical juncture and one of the most important steps for its survival is to teach Dogri at Primary level in schools, Prof Lalit Magotra lamented that in spite of having issued orders to this effect, the State Government is dragging its feet in this matter and is not implementing its own decision.
The other Dogri Sanstha office bearers, who were also present in the press conference, said that one of the major obstacles in the way of Dogri is the apathy and non-responsiveness of the Government in fulfilling its obligation to promote this major language of the State. They cited many examples in this regard and appealed to all sections of the society to join them in their struggle.
Those who addressed the press conference, included Gianeshwar, Prof Veena Gupta, Prof Shashi Pathania, Dr Nirmal Vinod, Madan Padha and Susheel Begana.