Writers against keeping Punjabi as minor subject

Writers against keeping Punjabi as minor subject

The decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to keep Punjabi as a minor subject was condemned by the Punjabi writers of Central Punjabi Writers’ Association and other literary societies. - File photo

Amritsar, October 23

The decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to keep Punjabi as a minor subject was condemned by the Punjabi writers of Central Punjabi Writers’ Association and other literary societies.

The writers led by the Central Assembly Secretary and writer Deep Devinder Singh, termed the decision as against the right of today’s young generation to read and write Punjabi. He said the mother tongue was taught as a medium and main subject in many developing countries. “While reading and writing of Indian languages is always neglected in India, this is only because of the reason why decisions on language and education are made by political parties rather than by linguists,” he said.

Punjabi poets, including Malwinder, Harjit Sandhu, Manmohan Singh Dhillon, Salinderjit Rajan, Harpal Nagra, Jagtar Gill, Sarabjit Singh Sandhu and lyricist Makhan Bhainiwala also demanded that education should be made based entirely on mother tongues in the spirit of the Indian Constitution. “Only then can Indian languages, education and development be brought on track,” said Sarbjit Singh Sandhu.

Education Minister Pargat Singh too had called out the CBSE for the decision. — TNS

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