05-MAR-2016: The Department of Modern Indian Languages, Aligarh Muslim University today started a two-day National Seminar on 'Kashmiri Language/ Issues and Challenges'. The Seminar is organized in collaboration with Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.
While delivering the keynote address at the inaugural function of the seminar, Professor Gulshan Majid, Ex-Director, CCAS, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir said that language and culture are interrelated because the language regions possess certain homogeneity of culture and are characterized by common traits in history, folklore and literature.
He pointed out that one of the basic challenges, the Kashmiri language faces today is that the teaching of this language has not been introduced at the primary or secondary school levels in the State.
"Not only that, no textbooks in Kashmiri are available even though a set of such books was prepared by experts," said Prof Majid.
The Chief Guest, Prof M Zaman Azurda said that certain economic factors are becoming challenges to many regional languages including Kashmiri in India as the mastery over these languages do not provide jobs. He pointed out that it is a big challenge today to restore these languages and prevent their extinction.
Speaking on the philosophy of languages, the Guest of Honour, Prof Sanaullah Mir said that language itself is cultural and intellectual evolution of humanity and the world as we see it is available to us through various languages we speak.
He added that the Kashmiri language is loosing its face as the native speakers have stopped patronizing it.
Prof Mir also pointed out that Kashmiri language is as old as Tamil and Sanskrit and productive steps should be taken to save the language.
Delivering presidential remarks, Prof Abu Sufyan Islahi said that the Holy Quran explains the creation of humankind by God and human inheritance of language from God. He added that linguists and philosophers should read the religious scriptures to
understand the importance of languages and come up with solutions to save extinctions of languages.
Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, while introducing the seminar said that issues, problems and challenges related to Kashmiri language will be discussed in the two days of the seminar. He further said that various dimensions of multi linguistic approach and emerging threats to the Kashmiri language will also be discussed in the seminar.
Meanwhile in the first academic session chaired by Prof Gulshan Majid; Dr Hayat Amir and Prof Abu Sufyan Islahi presented their research papers. At least five research papers were presented in the second academic session chaired by Prof Sanaullah Mir.
An Urdu-Kashmiri Mushaira was held in the last session chaired by Prof M Zaman Azurda, in which Prof Majid, Prof Sanaullah, Dr Hayat Amir, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Muntazir and Mudassir Parray recited their poems.
Prof Shaik Mastan delivered the welcome address. Dr Tahir Hussain Pathan conducted the programme while Prof D Murthy proposed the vote of thanks.
Related PicturesProfessor Mushatq Ahmad Zarghar addressing the National Seminar on Kasmiri Language