Kashur (كأشُر)- Kashmiri Language

23 Jan

By Aasif Nissar
Kashmiri is a language which is primarily spoken in Kashmir. Kashmir as per UN is disputed piece of  land on earth its one part is being occupied by Pakistan called as Azad Kashmir and the other one is in India.Kashmiri language is the language from Dardic sub-group of Indo-Aryan group of languages.The Kashmiri language is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India, and is a part of the Sixth Schedule in the constitution of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Along with other regional languages mentioned in the Sixth Schedule, as well as Hindi and Urdu, the Kashmiri language is to be developed in the state. Some Kashmiri speakers frequently use Hindi or English as a second language. Since November 2008, the Kashmiri language has been made a compulsory subject in all schools in the Valley up to the secondary level.By origin it is a Dardic language, but it has become predominantly Indo-Aryan in character. Reflecting the history of the area, the Kashmiri vocabulary is mixed, containing Dardic, Sanskrit, Punjabi, and Persian elements. Religious differences are evident in vocabulary and choice of alphabet. Muslims employ Persian and Arabic words freely; they also use the Persian form of the alphabet to write Kashmiri, although the Persian alphabet is not truly suited to the task, because it lacks symbols for the many Kashmiri vowel sounds. Kashmiri language is spoken with different sounds.Now a days kashmiri language is loosing its gravity. It is almost being all ignored by its native speakers. It is being considered off age and out of modern era.But the government has made an effort to it by making it compulsory subject despite it most of schools have refused to consider it as compulsory subject.Many of writers have put their efforts to evaluate their native language which is being considered as off age language. I am in confusion when I was born my mother used to play with me in same medium then how come it has become off age? do you have an answer if so please send me.

(sources: wikipedia)


Posted by on January 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Kashur (كأشُر)- Kashmiri Language

  1. Akshay Mattu

    August 6, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    It seems an appropriate step to include kashmiri language in the curriculum of the schools which lie in the state….but what about those kashmiri people who live elsewhere like delhi. What do you suggest.?

  2. Farhan

    September 12, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Kashmiri language should be protected at all costs.Academically kashmiri is a neglected language,no doubts about that.But most of the kashmiris speak kashmiri in their day to day life in a blended form with other languages and is far from getting obsolete.The main reason for such languages turning obsolete is absence of rich vocab.Most of them don’t have equivalents for new and emerging phenomena, inventions,etc. Perhaps, those living outside Kashmir like kashmiri pandits can study Kashmiri at the academic level atleast.


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