‘Full of errors Khowar primer not acceptable’

DROSH, May 27: Anjuman Taraqi-e-Khowar, Drosh, held its monthly meeting followed by a Mushaira on Sunday.

A large number of Khowar poets and other people attended the program. The meeting and Mushaira was presided over by Anisur Rehman Chughtai while senior member of the Anjuman and former vice-president Aminullah Amin was the chief guest. Former president of the Anjuman Drosh chapter Mohammad Saleem Kamil was also present on the occasion. Mohammad Rasul Beqarar did the compering of the event.

The meeting discussed the factors which led to the separation of the Anjuman’s Drosh chapter from the Anjuman Taraqi-e-Khowar Chitral. The members agreed that the association was established with an aim to promote the Khowar language and literature.

The initial demand of the Anjuman was that the Khowar language should be included in the syllabus at the primary level. In this regard, the Anjuman’s Drosh chapter remained in the forefront. The Anjuman, Drosh chapter, published a number of literary magazines to promote the language which included the monthly Ham Kalam and quarterly Bazme Khowar.

The main objective of bringing out these publications was to promote the language at the local and national level and force the authorities concerned to include the language in the syllabus. However, the participants of the meeting regretted that when the long-standing demand of including the Khowar language in the syllabus was met by the provincial government, the Khowar syllabus-drafting body demonstrated its total irresponsibility and without taking all the stakeholders and experts into confidence came up with a very poor primer of the language.

The current Khowar primer is full of errors and does not in any sense give the correct picture of the Khowar language spoken in the valley. As the Anjuman’s Drosh chapter had no role to play in the preparation of the primer and was not taken on board in its drafting, it has decided to work in coordination with others to force the syllabus drafting unit to prepare such a primer that could give a true picture of the Khowar language spoken by the people of Chitral and their culture and civilization.

The participants of the meeting also decided that in order to stop teaching of the current Khowar primer in schools, they would also move the court of law until the errors in it were rectified and the primer was made a true representative of the Khowar language and culture. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Mohammad Saleem Kamil appreciated the work of the over 20 poets who took part in the Mushaira. He said it was the need of the hour for all literary personalities and organizations to forget their differences and work in unity for the promotion of Khowar language and culture.—Jahan Zeb Khan