Gujjars seek support to include Gojri in 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution

Jammu, Nov 11: Seeking support from all different groups, Linguistic groups, Media and influential dignitaries of country ,the Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday pleaded to Union Government to include significant Tribal language ‘Gojri’ into eighth schedule of Indian Constitution. They sought an immediate amendment in the list of official languages of India through inclusion of Gojri –the oldest tribal language into it, during forthcoming session of the Parliament.
In an appeal issued on behalf of community by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation-a Frontal Organization of Gujjars to Union Government and people belongs to every shade of life, the community solicited their help and support in induction and recognition their language at National level.
Dr. Javaid Rahi, in his presidential address stated that Gojri stand already recommended to Government of India for its inclusion in Indian constitution by J&K Government from time to time. He said being one of the oldest and significant languages of the south Asian sub-continent, spoken by Gujjar tribe-a ethno-linguistic minority of the state, Gojri has locus standi for its inclusion in the 8thSchedule, as there are adequate provisions and facilities in Indian Constitution for linguistic minorities. He said Gojri has a strong literary tradition. It has been recognised as a tribal language of India by the National Academy of Letters viz ‘Sahitya Academy’.
“Noted saint scholar and Hindi Persian poet of thirteenth century Hazrat Amir Khusroo had formally mentioned Gojri language in the list of eighteen major Indian languages of his time. Several researchers and historians have already said that the Gojri language is the mother of Rajasthani, Gujrati, Urdu and Haryanvi Languages,” He added
State government has already recognized Gojri by including it in the Sixth Schedule of the constitution of India and it is the aspiration of millions of people that due credit should be given to this ancient language that is serving their motherland for centuries.
According to current analysis, Gojri language is the first language of 20 millions of people in south Asia including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A good chunk of Gojri-speaking people are living in J&K.
He said Gojri is very rich in term of literature and folk-lore and hundreds of books are available in Gojri on different subjects.
Gujjars further sought the help of Kashmiri, Dogri and other linguistic groups, political parties, social organisations in this regard as justified cause of tribal population of the state. From J&K Kashmiri and Dogri, both the languages have already been included in the eighth schedule.