SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday said both people as well as government are responsible for the Kashmiri language being in danger, while urging for steps to “keep the mother tongue alive”.
“Languages are the living signs of a nation’s literature, heritage, culture and civilisation. For any nation to keep its civilisation and culture alive, promoting its mother tongue is essential. Unfortunately, Kashmiri language is not only disappearing from schools and colleges but also from the households of Kashmiri people, where this language has been reduced to second grade,” Mirwaiz said in a statement issued here, on the International Mother Tongue Day.
He said it is highly unfortunate that while entire world was observing the ‘International Mother Tongue Day’ and every country taking steps to preserve their respective mother languages, the attitude of Kashmiris towards their mother tongue as well as the policies adopted by the government towards it were “disappointing”.
Mirwaiz said Kashmiri language has been spoken, written and read for thousands of years and remained unique identification of Kashmiri culture, tradition and customs.
“So, it is the duty of people, parents, teachers, writers and intellectuals to take every step for keeping the mother tongue alive.”
“It is also the responsibility of government to refrain from taking such steps which become reasons for turning our mother tongue less important and a reason for separating our mother tongue from our tradition and culture,” Mirwaiz said.