In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a social activist and politician Vikram Malhotra seeking introduction of Dogri language as subject in all the Government schools, a High Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Tashi Rabstan has granted last and final opportunity to State for filing objections in this regard within four weeks.
The petitioner has also prayed before the Division Bench of State High Court for issuance of directions to the Union Home Ministry to rectify its Linguistic Survey of 2001 with regard to mother tongues being spoken in J&K as available on its website and place Kishtwari, Siraji and Bhaderwahi under the parent family of Dogri .
According to the PIL, no initiative has been taken by the State Government to protect the rights of Linguistic Minorities despite of the efforts taken by the framers of Indian Constitution in form of Article 29, which clearly visualizes the protection of cultural rights as well as the educational rights of minorities existing throughout the territorial bounds of India.
“There is no proper fulfilment to the Government Order No.222-EDU of 2006 except in Kashmir province, where the Kashmiri is being taught in every school on compulsory basis. There is a need for protection of Dogri language being spoken by the Linguistic Minorities belonging to the State of J&K otherwise the sole identity of these minorities will soon become a mere fiction, “said the petitioner.