“From 40% reduction in annual budget of Punjabi Academy to wrong recitation of hymns from ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, there are enough evidence that Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party convener, Arvind Kejriwal has no respect for Punjabi language and Sikh heritage.”
Sikh community has played a very important role in the development of the country and Punjabis have been the building block of National capital post independence.
Punjabi language and heritage has been infused deep into the ethos of Delhi. But, it is really unfortunate that Delhi CM has been degrading Punjabi language and rich Sikh heritage.
Diminishing funds of Punjabi Academy
Punjabi Academy in Delhi has played a crucial role in preserving & promoting Punjabi language and culture. Academy organises programmes in collaboration with Government of Punjab, Sahitya Akademy and other academies of other states. The interaction with government departments and other academies provides an opportunity to Punjabi writers, scholars, and cultural experts to work towards improving Punjabi language, literature and culture.
It is now clear that Delhi government is undermining the importance of Punjabi language, its literature culture and heritage and is making all efforts to make it at least in Delhi.
It is pertinent here that Delhi government has reduced budget of Punjabi academy by whopping 50%.
In a sorry state of affairs, Punjabi academy has been operating without a secretary for more than a year and AAP government has not bothered to appoint the functional head of the academy. It shows their complete neglect and disrespect to Punjabi language.
Wrong representation of ‘Guru Granth Sahib’
In blatant violation of Sikh ‘maryada’ (guidelines), in a programme organised by the Punjabi Academy on the Talkatora lawns a few days ago, Ustaad Nelay Khan made mistakes while singing ‘shalokas’ of Bhagat Farid Ji from Shri Guru Granth Sahib and clapped while signing hymns.
Eyeing assembly polls in Punjab, Kejriwal has been busy portraying himself as the savior of Punjabis but ironically he has done enough to degrade Punjabi language, culture and Sikh heritage.