Citing Punjab’s historic hyperlinks with Jammu and Kashmir since Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Wednesday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for the inclusion of Punjabi within the official record of languages of the UT.
In a letter, Amarinder urged PM to advise the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to rethink and evaluation the official record and embody Punjabi as one of many official languages of Jammu & Kashmir.
Voicing resentment of the Punjabi group over the exclusion of their language from the record, Amarinder identified that Jammu and Kashmir was part of Punjab in the course of the period of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the nineteenth century Sikh ruler, with Punjabi being one of many vernacular languages of the area.
When Jammu and Kashmir got here into existence as an unbiased state, Punjabi was a broadly spoken language there and is now the mom tongue of all Punjabis within the Jammu area, in addition to being spoken by the Punjabi group residing in Kashmir Valley, he wrote.
The CM mentioned below the Jammu and Kashmir Languages Bill, 2020, which was handed by each the Houses of Parliament with a voice vote in September 2020, Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi had been included within the record of official languages of the UT, along with the present Urdu and English. Unfortunately, Punjabi was not included within the record of official languages which will probably be taught in colleges as obligatory topics, he mentioned.