Welcoming the state government’s initiative recommending Gojri language for inclusion in Indian constitution, the Scheduled Tribe Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday sought support of all political parties, media groups, influential dignitaries and community living across country to pave a way for constitutional amendment to include Gojri language in the list of protected languages.
The issue was discussed in meeting organized by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation.
Dr. Javaid Rahi , Secretary , Tribal Foundation while Speaking on the occasion said “We consider this recommendation as a significant step towards preservation and promotion of Gojri language and Gujjar culture which has a 5000-year-old history at his back,”.
He said , “On behalf of Gujjar tribe we express heartiest thanks to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for writing a favourable recommendation to Home Minister of India pleaded inclusion of Gojri in the list of official languages of India on the bases of its importance and merit,” and added that we also express gratitude to all Gujjar leader Mian altaf Ahmed forest minister , Ch Taj Mohi –ud-Din PHE minister , Ch Aijaz Ahmed Khan MOS Hajj and Auqaf and specially Ch. Bashir Naaz , VC Gujjar Board who projected this demand before UPA Chairperson Smt Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.”
The speaker also praised Sh N N Vohra , J&K for his rule in over all empowerment of Gujjar and Bakerawal community in the state and expressed gratitude to him for his able guidance.