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Including Punjabi in the list of official languages ​​of Jammu and Kashmir: Punjab CM urges Prime Minister Modi | India News

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CHANDIGARH: Punjab Prime Minister Amarinder Singh requested the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for the inclusion of Punjab in the list of languages ​​of Jammu and Kashmir.
He cited Punjab’s historical ties to Jammu and Kashmir from the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Amarinder Singh urged him to advise the Union Ministry of the Interior to reconsider and revise the official list and include Punjabi as one of the official languages ​​of the Union territory.
He expressed his resentment towards the Punjabi community for the exclusion of his language from the list.
Amarinder Singh pointed out that Jammu and Kashmir were part of Punjab during the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh ruler of the 19th century, with Punjabi being one of the vernacular languages ​​of the region.
When Jammu and Kashmir emerged as an independent state, Punjabi was a widely spoken language there and is now the mother tongue of all Punjabis in the Jammu region, as well as being spoken by the Punjabi community living in the Kashmir Valley. wrote.
The chief minister said that under the Jammu and Kashmir Languages ​​Bill, 2020, which was passed by both houses of Parliament with voice vote in September 2020, Kashmir, Dogri and Hindi were included in the list of official languages. Union Territory, plus existing Urdu and English.
Unfortunately, Punjabi was not included in the list of official languages ​​to be taught in schools as compulsory subjects, he said.

Times of India

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