Kashmiri disappears from ‘Basha Sangam’

Kashmiri disappears from ‘Basha Sangam’
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Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development removing Kashmir language from “Basha Sangam’—a language portal— has evoked sharp criticism from the mainstream politicians and others in the Valley.
The Kashmiri language has been removed from the portal reportedly after a few Kashmir Pandit youth approached the HRD ministry and raised objections about some points. The mainstream politicians in Kashmir have taken the HRD ministry head on and have demanded that the order to remove Kashmiri from the language portal should be revoked forthwith as it has hurt the sentiments of the people of Kashmir.
One fails to understand what central government wants to achieve by treating Kashmir and Kashmiris as a separate entity. By removing the Kashmiri language from the “Basha Sangam” New Delhi has once again pushed Kashmiris away. Many people are of the opinion that people sitting in the national capital need to show tolerance and behave in a matured way rather than taking impulsive decisions.
Senior Congress leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz said that it’s unfortunate since some Kashmiri Pandits approached the ministry to remove some words that bear reference to Kashmiri Muslims’ salutation ‘Asalamualikum’ and couple of other words and ministry reportedly removed Kashmir the language from the portal.
Even if someone had approached the ministry with a complaint it could have taken the Jammu and Kashmir government into confidence and sought clarifications rather than removing Kashmiri language from the Basha Sangam. However, the HRD ministry did not consult anyone. If the HRD ministry really wants to undo the wrong it should ascertain what led to the removal of the Kashmiri language from the portal and it should ensure that Kashmiri once again appears on the “Basha Sangam.”