‘Link employment with mother tongue to ensure its survival’

Punjabi writers call for revitalising Maa Boli

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 21

A majority of Punjabi writers took part in the Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha and Amritsar Sahit Chintan Manch and organised ‘Maa Boli’ day on Sunday. They voiced a unanimous opinion that only those languages which remain in professional and daily usage tend to survive in the current times.

They were speaking at a seminar held to mark the ‘Maa Boli’ day, which was dedicated to farmers’ agitation, seeking repeal of three farm laws, on Sunday.

Deep Davinder Singh, general secretary of Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, stated that the subject of the seminar was mother tongue and employment avenues. He said the development of a given geographical area was associated with the native language.

Gathered at comrade Sohan Singh Josh district library, Malwinder, Dr Prabhjot Kaur Sandhu, Harpal Singh Nagra, Sarbjit Sandhu, Dr Mohan and Dr Bhupinder Singh stated that there was need to associate the mother tongue with employment to ensure its survival. Books for medical, legal, technical and other subjects should be available in Punjabi.

Permanent Punjabi teachers must be appointed in schools, colleges and other educational institutes in the state. It will ensure plenty of employment resources for those attaining higher qualification in the mother tongue. They stressed that the mother tongue must be given priority in homes and business establishments.

On this occasion, Manmohan Singh Dhillon, Raj Pal Baath, Satinder, Surkhab, Baljinder Mangat, Chan Amrik, Jaswant, Rajwinder Raj and others read poems.

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