Sunday, 1 May 2011

Punjabi and Punjabi culture should be promoted abroad says Badal.

PATIALA: Punjab Chief Minister  Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the Punjabi community settled allover India and abroad to promote Punjabi language and rich cultural values amongst our young generation that was being detached from it under the impact of westernization.

Badal was addressing a large gathering of Punjabi intellectuals and academicians from all over the country during the inaugural session of 4th Sarb Bharti Punjabi Conference organized by Punjabi University to commemorate its 50th foundation day here at Guru Teg Bahudur Hall of the University today. Speaking on the occasion  Badal said that Punjabi Diaspora settled across the globe had started realizing today that our future generations could only survive by re-adopt our religious values and cultural heritage.

For the promotion of Punjabi and Punjabiat,  Badal emphasized the need to inculcate a feeling of proud amongst our children for being Punjabis, which could only be possible if we change our mindset first and start glorifying our culture by practicing its main characteristic of universal brotherhood and start showing utmost respect to our mother tongue Punjabi.

The Chief Minister also pointed out that undoubtedly English was universally accepted world over as a link language and we should give due recognition to it but not at the cost and status of our mother tongue. Badal further said that SAD-BJP government was fully committed to promote Punjabi from the day one and had brought an amendment in the Punjabi Language Act to make Punjabi as a compulsory subject in all the schools in the state up to 10th class besides, declaring Punjabi as State Language (Raj Bhasha) to ensure the use of Punjabi for all official works. Every official file was being moved in Punjabi noting only in all the government offices, added  Badal.

Referring to the efforts initiated by his government for the first time to promote Punjabi rich Cultural Heritage, Mr. Badal said that the state government was setting up Khalsa Heritage Complex at Sri Anandpur Sahib, Memorial in the memory of great Sikh Warrior Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur’s first victory over the Mugals at Chapperchiri (Mohali), two memorials in the memory of the Sikh martyrs of Wadda and Chhota Ghallugharas (Holocausts) in Sangrur and Gurdaspur districts. On education front 15 new collages were also being established besides setting up of many Adersh schools to impart quality education to our children especially in the rural areas, added Mr. Badal.

Latter, addressing media persons  Badal urged the media of Punjab to highlight the anti-Punjab attitude of the Centre that was always interested in making hindrances in the development of the state by over sighting the state’s view in all the fields.

On the occasion  Badal honoured the family of great Punjabi folk singer Late Lal Chand Yamala, celebrated Punjabi novelist Jaswant Singh Kanwal, renowned film music director  Uttam Singh, femal poet Padama Shri . Prabhjot Kaur, eminent Punjabi play writer and director  Atamjit, films & TV serials  actor Rana Jang Bahudur Singh and prominent Punjabi journalist and Editor of ‘Punjabi Digest’  Swadesh Bahadur Singh for their outstanding contribution in the promotion of Punjabi in their respective fields of folklore music, literature, education drama films and journalism.  Besides he also honored  Tirlochan Singh with ‘Punjabi Gourav Award’ for his outstanding contribution in promoting Punjabi Culture, painter Devinder Singh with ‘Chittarkaar Sobha Singh Award’ for his wonderful contribution in depicting the religious and cultural aspects in his paintings and Punjabi Academy Delhi with ‘Punjabi Parchar-Parsar Award’ for promoting Punjabi language through out the country.  The Chief Minister also released seven books and two DVDs on this occasion.

Earlier,  Badal also inaugurated ‘Baba Farid Centre for Suffi Studies’ and ‘Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Librari’ of Punjabi University.

In his key note address, Executive Editor of ‘Ajit’ newspaper  SS Manek appreciated the Punjabi University for its efforts to encourage Punjabi language. He said that inclusive development of the society could only possible through the development of regional languages.

Vice-Chancellor Punjabi University Dr. Jaspal Singh in his welcomed address said that Punjabi University was the first of its kind in India on the basis of language and by organizing this 4th consecutive Punjabi Conference it was just trying to fulfill its duty for the promotion of our mother tongue and rich Culture. He also appreciated the commendable efforts of state government to bring legislation for making teaching of Punjabi compulsory in all the schools and declaring it as an official language of the state.  He urged the parents to encourage their children to speak and learn Punjabi because it was the most important to keep the philosophy of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat alive.

Gagandeep Ahuja, Punjabi Newsline, Sunday, 01 May 2011


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