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Professors, artistes join students to ‘save’ status of Punjabi language

Punjabi singer Sukhi Brar stressed on the need of preserving the language in order to save the community’s distinct culture

punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2017 13:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Professor Sukhdev Singh from the department of Punjabi addressing students during an event organised to demand restoration of Punjabi on signboards on the Punjab University campus.(HT Photo)

The ongoing demand to restore Punjabi language on signboards on the Panjab University campus was strengthened as professors and artistes joined students to press the demand at a meet held at the Student Campus in the varsity campus, on Tuesday.

Professor Manjit Singh from the department of political science addressed the students during the meet on Tuesday. In his address, he laid emphasis on the significance of Punjabi language and the need of imparting education in one’s mother tongue.

On October 16, students had staged a protest and a day later organised a class on Punjabi language. Following this, a committee was formed that was entrusted with the task to press for the demands. Meanwhile, signboards in PU campus have not been changed and the students have decided to continue their protest.

Protest via cultural performance

Students of Punjabi department also staged folk performances and recited poetry at the Student Centre. They were also joined by other artistes.

Punjabi singer Sukhi Brar stressed on the important of preserving a language in order to save a community’s distinct culture.

Similarly, Punjabi lyricist and singer, Raj Kakra, recited one of his songs on mother tongue. He said, “It is shameful that governments don’t realise how important a mother tongue is for the people. We have to raise our voice to save our mother tongue.”

Protest at Sector 17 plaza today

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Punjabi Manch is organising a protest at the Sector 17 Plaza on Wednesday.

Professor Sukhdev Singh from the department of Punjabi, who is also the president of the Manch, said, “The importance of mother tongue has been highlighted in many struggles across the world and we need to learn from them.” The organisation is demanding that Punjabi should be made the first language of Chandigarh. Furthermore, it demands that Punjabi should be used as the administrative language.

The artistes said they will also participate in the protest at the Sector 17 Plaza on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Mahtab Singh, a student leader, said, “We support the struggle for any regional language. We will now take note of schools that fine students for speaking in Punjabi.”

Students for Society (SFS) also distributed pamphlets on the significance of mother tongue. “People think, understand, imagine and even dream in their mother tongue…Wiping out the language of a community means destroying their roots,” the pamphlet read.

First Published: Nov 01, 2017 13:09 IST