Preserving little known dialects

Iqbal Ahmad

 

In an analytical article on Kashmir Culture, Iqbal Ahmad writes that, it was in later decades of 19th century that several European missionaries undertook the major linguistic surveys of the land. According to him, it is said that knowledge of Greek scripts helped scholars to decipher the ancient scripts and languages of the land. The ancient material mainly inscribed coins carried legends in Greek as well as Kharoshiti letters. Kharoshiti was a popular script in ancient Kashmir. Prakrit was also written a Gupta Brahmin character. Sanskrit and Sharda served as language and script of the land. Arabian and Persian languages entered during 15th century. Although Sanskrit and Persian served as languages of ruling class, Kashmiri was the language of common people. There are several local dialects, which have been, so to say, neglected like Pugali, Sinha, Gurazi. Steps need to be taken to preserve these dialects and also to promote them.

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Facing the Climate Change

M Ashraf

There has definitely been a climate change and that is why we see unprecedented weather changes. There used to be a good snowfall. Those days, forests were in vicinity, now these are non-existent.

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New Central government and Kashmir’s economy

The people have imposed their trust and confidence in Modi, writes daily Aftab. According to the daily, it is hoped that he will reciprocate by taking welfare measures for people. The people of Kashmir are hopeful that Centre will bring about a change in its policy, and specially look into economic problems faced by the state. Unemployment is a major problem and Centre needs to throw doors of public sector undertakings or corporations open for Kashmiris also.

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Gurez: The Forlorn Paradise on Earth

          Dr. Zulfikar Siddiqui

Gurez is a closed valley covered  with high mountains, some of which remain snow bound and others  are lush green. About the origin of the people living there, people have different versions.

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What happened to Jhelum recovery project?

According to daily Aftab, it has been reported that World Bank had approved Rs 1500 crores for Jhelum – Tawi Recovery Project. But the government has so far spent .. 5%  funds and if work is not done in time, the funds can lapse. It is the responsibility of present Governor to see that work is done in time, so that funds don’t get lapsed. Undertaking the work is important to prevent the damage caused by floods

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Return of Kashmiri Pandits :  Key To Kashmir’s Survival

Javaid Beigh

Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims have genetically, culturally, ethnically and linguistically remained virtually indistinguishable, even sharing common surnames, writes Javaid Beigh. According to him, there are different narratives of pandits’ exodus in 1989 – 90. Kashmiri Pandits are an important pivot of Kashmir society and integral to its smooth running and functioning. That is why their return is important. Any bad blood or misgivings that exist between two communities must be sorted out and government must encourage that.

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Saffron Industry: Threats and challenges

Binish Qadri

Horticulture occupies a significant position in agriculture economy of sate. Horticulture with its production and export worth millions defines the financial strength of state economy. Among the fruit, apple is most important crop and among spices, saffron and black zeera occupy important position.

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SOMETHING ABOUT CROSS LOC TRADE

The suspension of cross Loc trade has caused disappointment, but the fact is that there existed certain loopholes in entire process that somehow were killing the basic purpose of the facility, writes, daily Kashmir Images. That weapons and drugs were recovered shows that something was wrong with the mechanism.

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