Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s decision to take oath in Kashmiri language on the floor of Parliament in Delhi has struck a chord with linguistic groups in Srinagar.
“Such gestures of consciousness towards Kashmiri language will help in the efforts of promotion of the mother tongue. Kashmiri language is the symbol and guardian of collective identity of centuries-old Kashmiri culture and civilisation and need to be promoted and preserved at all levels,” said well-known cultural group Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK), which is at the forefront of promotion of Kashmiri language.
Mehbooba on Thursday became the first J-K parliamentarian to take oath in Kashmiri, while her two party leaders Muzaffar Hussain Baih and Tariq Hameed Karra took oath in English and Urdu respectively. The PDP, for the first times, won three parliament seats from the state.
On Friday, Mufti, while urging the speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan to provide adequate space to the representatives from Jammu & Kashmir, said, “Though we are a small state, but it faces more problems than the rest of the country.”
She said the recent elections have particularly generated a new atmosphere of hope in the state and people at large expect their representatives to deliver in terms of filling the trust deficit with rest of the country.
Referring to prime minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that he would follow the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee line in dealing with J&K, Mehbooba said, “The strong mandate that he has received in the LS elections should hopefully help his government in adopting a bold approach to the problems of the state.”
She said, “Kashmir has always presented a moral and political challenge to all the prime ministers. The initiative taken by Vajpayee ji need to be carried forward both in respect of mending the relations with Pakistan and also resolving the Kashmir issue.”