Native languages establish the identity of a society. We should not let them die”, says Touqueer Ashraf, a young Kashmiri who has taken up the mission to save the “dying Kashmiri language” as he puts it.
You are the country’s crown, you are king, O Kashmiri
You are familiar with your language all over Hindustan
Sweet and delicious, adorned with love,
This language is easy, the garden of flowers, O Kashmiri
In today’s world, when youngsters fall easy prey to distractions such as excessive use of social media for gaming, Touqeer woke up one day and decided to use the medium’s power to save his culture.
“I was very disturbed with the lack of interest people here had in their language. It was distressing,” he says. In an age when youngsters preferred reading and speaking in English or Urdu (Hindustani), Touqueer decided to do his two bits to spread the beauty of his Kashmiri language in the hope that one day people would fall in love with the language their forefathers had spoken. Touqueer Ashraf: Saving his Kashmiri language. For a detailed story, visit: Awaz The Voice
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