Kashmiri, our mother tongue is dearest to us and it is not limited to the valley alone but it is spoken in some parts of Jammu regions like Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah as well. As we move from one district to another there is always a difference in accent of people while speaking Kashmiri. Due to the migration of Kashmiri Pandits to Jammu and to some other parts of India, Kashmiri language gained some ground there also. This language finds its place in the eighth schedule of Indian constitution. Kashmiri language possesses a wide treasure of vocabulary and previous master pieces of literature.
Kashmiri language has been adulterated with many words from Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Hindi, through various phases of its evolution with the passage of time. Over the past few decades most of the people here are lamenting about the downfall of Kashmiri language. They also blame some vested interests for its downfall. It is high time that Kashmir’s who are proud of their heritage, learn to read and write Kashmiri before they are proclaimed to be a race without a culture. Language and its script are the main vehicles of a culture in the world. This could be made possible by teaching Kashmiri as a compulsory subject in our schools. For the upliftment of Kashmiri language, Kashmiri books, newspapers, facebook pages and journals should be made available, as the takers certainly exist. Official as well as personal correspondence in Kashmiri language should be encouraged .because it is always a mother tongue which is the best medium to express one’s feelings.
Now-a-days children who speak in Urdu or English are considered to be more civilized and belong from upper class families. It is again deplorable that even though we literate class people speakeach other in Kashmiri language butfor writing a letter or text messagewe have to depend on Urdu or English. At many times one has to find a translator to read and write the Kashmiri.However, knowing only Kashmiri or for that matter any other regional language isn’t enough in present age. Learning English is must as most of the scientific literature is available only in English. English has since centuries emerged as an international language and any one not knowing English is sure to be left behind in the fast developing world. At last it is our duty to make all efforts for the conservation of our Kashmiri language because it is our identity and any person without an identity is as astray as a wild animal.
(Author is Lecturer in Sociology /National Level Young Social Scientist, Govt Degree College Bandipora)