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JAMMU, Dec 30: Demanding adequate time slot for Gojri language on All India Radio and Doordarshan proportionate to population of their tribe in the state, Gujjars today urged for due representation to tribal language on local stations.
To project the demand, a meeting was held under the banner of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation here today to discuss “Role of Media and tribes of J&K ’.The programme was presided over by noted Gujjar scholar Dr. Javed Rahi. In his presidential address, he stated that Gojri is a significant language of north-western India- speakers of which are mainly found in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Uttarakhand besides other state.
He said being a tribal language Gojri deserves a fair deals and encouragement from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India. He pressed for due representation to Gojri language on local stations of AIR and DD channels.
The speakers expressed strong resentment against non-representation of their mother tongue -Gojri in daily broadcast of various channels of DD in the state including Kashir Chanel and DD Jammu. They said that local DD stations do not telecast even a single daily programme in Gojri- in its 24 X 7 telecast of various DD channels in J&K, the demanded daily programme in Gojri and daily Gojri News bulletin on DD Kashir channel, DD Jammu besides Rajouri station stations.
The speakers alleged that Gujjars and Bakerwals –the speaker of Gojri language constitute more than 20% population of the state but they were completely ignored by the DD in J&K and no proper representation was provided to their art, culture, languages, customs and secular ethos for which they are known all over the world.
The speakers alleged that DD channels are in no way the representative channel of all communities and tribes of J&K State. And the DD not only failed in meeting the aspiration and expectations of tribal residing in boarder belts of Jammu and Kashmir but it has also failed in its much publicized aim and objectives. All the speakers adopted a resolution which project which project the demands for starting at least one hour daily programme in Gojri should be started from DD Sringar, DD Jammu and due representation should be given to Gojri speaking people on DD Kashir.