Fatehgarh Sahib: US-based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has expressed serious concern over the fate of Punjabi language in Punjab. NAPA executive director Satnam Singh Chahal said that Punjabi language is the mother tongue of well over 120 million people around the globe.
“It is the language of two groups-Sikhs of East Punjab in India and Punjabis of West Punjab in Pakistan. The two groups cannot read or write each other’s writing, but their oral communicability is one hundred per cent the same,” he said.
“Punjabi diaspora is very much concerned about the condition of Punjabi language by its own sons and daughters in their own Punjab which was created by sacrificing a lot on the basis of Punjabi language,” he added. He said that he had never seen or heard of an educated or even semi-educated Punjabi parent who is willing to communicate with his or her own child in his native tongue.
He said that a young child speaking Punjabi is at best is an amusing curiosity for adult Punjabis. Chahal regretted that only places in ‘our Punjab where Punjabi is uninhibitedly spoken is so-called backward rural areas or city slums.’ “As they become educated they discard their mother tongue,” he added.
He said that the state government should evolve a mechanism which ensures all round promotion of Punjabi language in the state among the people of all walks of life. “One should take pride in the fact that his mother tongue is Punjabi and he should promote the use of Punjabi language in his life,” he said.
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