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Experts see politics behind removal of Kashmiri language from portal

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani





Srinagar, Dec 7: The experts of Kashmiri language on Friday termed the Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry’s move to withdraw it from portal as “politically motivated”.

After the objections were raised by the Kashmiri Pandits to the version of the language, the HRD ministry removed Kashmiri translations from its language promoting portal-Bhasha Sangam.

A number of Kashmiri Pandits including journalists and language scholars told the ministry that the Kashmiri it promoted had not taken their sensibilities into account and instead was based on the script widely spoken by the Muslims in the valley.


An expert of Kashmiri language, Mohammad Amin Bhat, while terming the move as “politically motivated”, said that it was an unnecessary encroachment upon the field of literature, culture and language.

“It was an academic issue and should have been left exclusively to the choice of the people. The move would further widen the devoid between the two communities,” he said.

He said the politicians have no right to decide academic issues.

A professor at Kashmir University (KU), NasirMirza said that HRD ministry needs to take into account the sensibilities of all the people.

“It has a responsibility to ensure that sensibilities of the populations speaking a particular language are taken into account. It should refrain from doing things that will hurt the sensitivities and sensibilities of the population,” he said.

“Kashmiri language belongs to all who are living in the valley or in the other parts. They also love the language and they have been doing everything possible to persevere, protect and promote it,” he said.

He said the language connected the people and it should not have been made an issue.

“Especially where there are already many issues confronting the people, the removal was not the right step,” he added.

Secretary J&K State Cultural Academy, Aziz Hajni, said that it should not have been removed.

“If sensitivities were not taken into account, it should not have been done. The ministry should have gone into the depth of the issue. Mutual solution should have been found by taking all the stakeholders on board,” he said.








Omar hopes centre, EC would soon hold Assembly polls in J&K

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Apr 18: National Conference Vice President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday hoped that the Center and Election Commission (EC) will hold Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir soon after the completion of the Lok Sabha polls.

“I only hope that having seen the environment in which we were able to conduct both the campaign for north Kashmir and also central Kashmir and hopefully south Kashmir as well that the government of India gets off its high horse and gives the people of Jammu and Kashmir the opportunity to choose an elected government sooner rather than later because they are now running out of excuses to delay assembly elections,” Omar told reporters after casting his vote at Sonwar, here.

He said Assembly elections in the state were delayed because of parliament. “Now the parliament elections are due to conclude. We can only hope that the centre together with the EC gives the people of Jammu and Kashmir an elected government which is their right,” the former CM said.


He termed the ongoing LS polls significantly different from the by-elections of 2017 that NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah won. “In that election we barely managed one or two public meetings outdoors. All our election activity was confined to closed rooms and walled off areas. In this election thankfully we found the electorate for more receptive,” Omar said.

“I don’t know what that will mean for turnouts but at least in terms of the atmosphere for campaigning and the receptiveness of the people to the message that we were taking out to them it is a far more receptive electorate today than it was in 2017,” he added.

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Used as ‘human shield’ in 2017, Farooq Dar now on poll duty

Press Trust of India



Utligam, Apr 18 :Nearly two years ago, when Srinagar voted in a Lok Sabha bypoll, Farooq Ahmed Dar was used as a ‘human shield’ to ensure safe passage for army jawans as they came under intense stone-pelting, but now he finds himself posted on election duty.
“Farooq Ahmad Dar is working on consolidated terms as sweeper in the Health Department. He has been posted on election duty,” said Budgam Chief Medical Officer Nazir Ahmad.
In 2017, a picture of Dar tied to the bonnet of an army jeep splashed across the front pages of newspaper, invoking sharp but divided reactions.
Investigations later found he was on his way to his sister’s place for a condolence meet after casting his vote in the bypoll on April 9 2017 when the army picked him up and tied him with ropes, parading him through nearly 28 villages.
“What was my mistake? Going to the polling booth and casting my ballot?” Dar had told PTI in a video interview last year.
At this village, nearly 40 kms from the Srinagar city, where Dar was tied to the army jeep, the incident is still fresh in the minds of the locals.
After the polls opened at the Utligam polling station, only two of the registered 1,016 voters had cast the ballots in the first 100 minutes.
The residents allege the stone-pelting was in response to the “unprovoked harassment” of the locals by the army officer and the “vandalism” by the troops.
“It was the army personnel who went berserk and started beating up people and broke window panes of many houses that day. The youngsters were infuriated and retaliated by pelting them with stones,” Nazir Ahmad, a local resident, told PTI.
Ahmad admits the stone-pelting was very intense, which probably forced Major Leetul Gogoi to catch hold of Dar and use him as a human shield.
“He is not even from our village. He is from Cheill-Brass village, 15 kilometres from here. That incident has brought only unwanted attention from all sides to our village. If we vote, it is a problem and if we do not vote, it is a problem,” he said.
Mohammad Aslam, another villager, said the police picked up 22 youths from the village over the past couple of days without any charge.
“Most of them are labourers and students. We are least bothered about if any one comes to vote or not. We have formed a committee to ensure there is law and order problem in our village this time because we are concerned about our boys,” he said.
There is a sense of deja vu among some residents here.
A young woman died Thursday morning due to brain hemorrhage. Preparations were underway for her final rites at the graveyard right next to the polling station.
“You would not have been able to come here had it not been for the death of the woman this morning. The scenes here would have been different,” said a youth, who wished not to be named, indicating that disturbance in the area was planned.
As this PTI reporter travelled to Cheill-Brass, a remote village just at the foot of the mighty mountain, Dar was not at his home.
“He has gone for election duty,” his mother Fazi Begum told PTI.
She said Dar was appointed as a daily wage employee in the state Health Department and has been on election duty since Wednesday.
Asked if the eligible members of her family had cast their votes, Fazi Begum said, “I almost lost my son due to voting two years ago. Do you think we will go to vote again?”
The 65-year-old woman said her son had to seek daily wage employment in the government department as he could not work on shawls anymore.
“His thumb has been damaged after he was tied to the jeep by army people. Now he cannot work on shawls,” she said.
The State Human Rights Commission had awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation to Dar but the state government refused to pay up.
“We have not got any help from the Government. (Then chief minister) Mehbooba Mufti did not honour the ruling of the SHRC,” Fazi Begum said.
She has now pinned hopes on the court where the case is under consideration.

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PDP’s sellout responsible for losses in valley: Mir




Srinagar, Apr 18: Leading a mega road show in Devsar area in District Kulgam today, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate G.A. Mir said it was highly inevitable to defeat PDP in the ensuing parliamentary elections for their acts of betrayal attempts of playing with the emotions of people for the sake of power.
Mir also said that south Kashmir has suffered immensely on all fronts due to the sellout by PDP, emphasizing people not to believe PDP again and defeat it’s falsehood and treachery.
Pradesh Congress Committee organized a mega road show in Devsar area of Kulgam District which passed through several areas, the road show was led by G A Mir who made a passionate appeal to masses to give him a chance to serve people of south Kashmir, as that, the South Kashmir has experienced worst due to the complete sell out by PDP for the sake of power.
Mir was accompanied by PCC Vice President Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Mohd Amin Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Surinder Singh Channni, Vinod Koul, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Ab. Rashid Lone and various other party leaders.
Addressing people at various places during road show, Mir told the people that it is essential to defeat the politics of opportunism and exploitation on the part of PDP, as this opportunist Party is fully responsible for the loss of innocent lives, bloodshed, damages caused to peace and development in the State. PDP cannot escape the responsibility of loss of innocent people in South Kashmir. There was anger among the people due to the betrayal by PDP leading to the loss of innocent people Mir said.
“People of south Kashmir gave majority of seats to PDP from south Kashmir during 2014 elections with the firm belief that this party would ensure protection to special status of the state besides ensuring dignity, security and development of people as was promised by them, but the mandate given has not gone well with this opportunist Party, their tall claims and slogans proved hoax, which were based on falsehood and political exploitation,” G.A. Mir said.
He told the people BJP will face the defeat miserably because people of the country have decided to vote against the saffron party for deceiving them on development and employment front, besides failing them on all fronts after securing votes resulting in there was complete chaos and restlessness among the people.
“Your vote would elect a new Prime Minister of the country, I appeal you to come out and cast your vote in favour of the Congress party in larger numbers, for the fact Congress stands guarantee to dignity and security of the people, besides protection to Article 370 and Article 35A of the constitution of India, you need to understand that BJP has declared in its poll manifesto that it would scrap Article 370 after coming back to power, so it would be your and our responsibility to defeat the designs of BJP, RSS, jointly,” G.A. Mir told the people.
“It is our ultimate goal to ensure overall development of the State, employment to educated unemployed youth, besides safety and security to people,” G.A. Mir added and said Congress is capable enough to deal with forces inimical to atmosphere of unity, harmony and peace, he cautioned the people about the political gimmicks on the part of PDP BJP, who can go to an extent to woo the voters again by playing emotional cards like they have done in past, he said.
Among other who participated in road show included Block Presidents of Kulgam, PCC, DCC members Youth President, Youth Leaders and other prominent workers of Devsar.

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