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Removal of Kashmiri language from HRD portal draws flak

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The civil society of Kashmir has denounced the decision to  withdraw the Kashmiri translations from online portal of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) saying that the move is tantamount to ignoring 98 percent of Kashmiri speaking people.

The MHRD has withdrawn Kashmiri translations from its language-promotion portal — Bhasha Sangam — after Kashmiri Pandits objected to the version of the language it put out, reports said.

However, the civil society members criticised the move.

Civil society member, Shakeel Qalander said that the move was aimed to appease two per cent of Kashmir migrants who speak Kashmiri language but at the same time this bizarre step was also tantamount to ignoring 98 percent of Kashmiri language speaking people.

He said, “We object to the move and Kashmiri Pandits being only two per cent of J&K’s population have been appeased by the authorities, which speaks about their negative role.”

Qalander said that this move has disappointed them as New Delhi doesn’t leave any stone unturned to hurt their sentiments.

 “This move is in fact another step to alienate local population,” he said.

“We will definitely expose the intentions behind the move, which is a Hinudtva agenda,” he said.

Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, Professor of Law department Central University Kashmir said that it was aimed to thrust Hindutva ideology over Kashmir.

He said Kashmiri Pandits in past were also writing the language in same script as it was written by Kashmir Muslims. “The way existence of Taj Mahal was given communal colour, Kashmiri language as part of the sinister plan,” he said.

He added that the alienation of the Kashmiris will further get reinforced due to such kind of moves and it will add more fuel to the fire.