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Sikhs protest over exclusion of Punjabi from J&K Official Language Bill

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Sikh community Thursday staged a protest in Jammu against the exclusion of Punjabi from the J&K Official Languages Bill. Condemning the exclusion of Punjabi language from the Bill, Sikh groups held protests to give vent their anger against the “total neglect” of Punjabi language in Jammu and Kashmir.

All scholars of Punjabi condemned the new j&k official languages bill 2020 because it excludes Punjabi language and breaks the heart of the whole Punjabi spoken persons. A large number of Sikhs carrying banners hit to roads in Jammu and threatened to launch an agitation if Punjabi is not made part of the official language list in Jammu and Kashmir“Till 1981, the Punjabi language was a compulsory subject like Urdu in J&K and now its total neglect is another assault on the identity of Sikh community in J&K and also against the spirit of the Modi government’s slogan ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’,” TS Wazir, chairman of the J&K Gurdwara Parbandhak Board said while addressing the protestors.

The Bill is expected to be tabled in the Parliament during the monsoon session from September 14. Various Sikh organizations on Thursday staged a protest in Jammu and threatened to launch an agitation if the government does not review its “discriminatory move” against the minority community.

Other Sikh organizations, including Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Shiromani Akali Dal, Sikh Welfare Front, Sikh Intellectual Circle J&K, International Sikh Federation,SikhTeam, Sikh Students Federation and Sikh Naujwan Sabha have also demanded immediate inclusion of Punjabi in the list of official languages of J&K.

Describe the move ‘anti-minority’, threaten to launch an agitation if Punjabi not included in the list of official languages of J&K

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