State to recommend Gojri for inclusion in 8th Scheduled: Altaf

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 4: Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Forests and Environment stated that Government has decided to recommend Gojri language for its inclusion into the eighth schedule of Indian Constitution.
Inaugurating a Gojri Musical Programme organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at Lalmandi, the Minister said that Gojri is an important tribal language spoken in different parts of the world but Jammu and Kashmir is considered as its epicenter.
He said that State Government headed by Omar Abdullah is committed to develop all the regional languages including Gojri on priority. He said that Gojri is one of the richest language of the State in term of modern and traditional literature. He impressed upon the State Academy to preserve the dying heritage of Gujjar and Bakerwal community and boost the writers, artists, poets living in difficult conditions so that they may publish their work, explore their skills in a better way. He hoped that Academy will touch new height of excellence under the dynamic leadership of new Secretary.
Khalid Bashir, Secretary Academy in his address, said that Academy has received a number of suggestions from community dignitaries to preserve the notations of all the folk songs of Gojri language and we will submit a detailed proposal to Government for its funding. He said that the Academy is also planning to prepare music albums in Gojri language to preserve the vividness of cultural heritage and ethos of Gujjars. Besides this, Academy will also hold the state level music festivals in Gojri in both capitals of the State in the near future, he added.
Earlier, Dr. Javaid Rahi, Chief Editor, Gojri said that the Section is working on different projects. Around 50 Gojri Publications are under print and a number of books are being translated into Gojri to enrich the language. He said that during this year, some of the important Gojri publications will see light of the day, which includes Masnavi Maulana Rum in six volumes, Qisai Chaar Darvesh, Tareek Ibn Khaldoon and others.
Begum Jan, Parveena Begum, Gh. Hassan Tabasum and Party performed on the occasion. Mansha Khaki, Sr. Editor of Gojri Language conducted the proceedings and Dr. Shahnawaz, Asstt. Editor presented vote of thanks.