On International Mother Tongue Day, February 21, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami emphasised the importance of preserving and promoting Kashmiri language and literature.
Every year on February 21st, the International Mother Language Day is commemorated to raise awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity as well as multilingualism. This day is observed to promote, preserve, and protect all languages spoken by people around the world. The various literary organisations commemorate this day as a reminder that only one language, our mother tongue, contains the essence of our cultural identity.
According to him, the apathy with the Kashmiri language stems from the fact that it has been resisted in literary circles.
“The common people, including the majority of the educated youth, are unable to read anything in Kashmiri.”
According to him, this has harmed people’s access to Kashmir’s cultural tradition, which is reflected in its literature.
“The purpose of commemorating this day is to rekindle youth interest in cultural revival by organising poetry recitations and singing programmes in the Kashmiri language,” he told GNS.
The untranslatable humour and cultural expressions in poetry recited on this day exemplify the idea that a community’s cultural essence lies in its languages. (GNS)