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AMK resents proposal to introduce alternate script for Kashmiri

Srinagar, May 18: Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Kashmir’s oldest and biggest federation of literary and cultural organization has expressed serious concern over a proposal being mooted by Human Resource Development ministry to introduce Devnagri as an alternate script for Kashmiri language.

In a statement issued here AMK spokesperson said that the news reports coming from Delhi suggest that HRD ministry was mulling to set up National Council for Promotion of Kashmiri Language to promote the language. “But at the same time it was being done to introduce Devnagri as an alternative script”, the spokesman said adding “while we welcome the step to have a separate council for Kashmiri language but to set it up with the purpose of dividing the language on among different communities smacks of an ill intention”.

The spokesperson said that Nastaliq is an old script in which the Kashmiri literature is available for many hundred years now. “It has been adopted and approved by constitutional bodies and is practised by all Kashmiri speaking people” he said adding that a section of Kashmiri population who had to migrate due to unfortunate situation also write in the same script and have been bagging awards for their works.

The spokesperson recalled various discussions in Srinagar, Delhi and other places where in the writers from both communities have expressed concern over the introduction of an alternate script “that would only further the gap between communities and divide them on communal lines”.  He said that such a step would have a very negative impact on the already fragile political situation in Kashmir where every step is scrutinized and seen with the conspiracy angle. “If the alternative script is thrust it will undermine the existing script and will be seen as an attack on our cultural sensitivities” he said.

The AMK in the past has resented the move in collaboration with other organisations working for the promotion of Kashmiri Language notably Maraz Adbi Sangam will continue to do so to safeguard the language and its interests. The spokesperson urged the Government of India to refrain from taking such a step and reminded that in 2005 the then HRD Minister Late Arjun Singh had told the Rajya Sabha that no such proposal would be taken up. He also sought the intervention of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to stop the HRD ministry from taking such a step, which will have dangerous consequences.