In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a Kashmiri boy, Touqeer, uses social media platforms to overcome barriers of distance and time and thereby works for promotion of Kashmiri language.
The Pulwam boy Touqeer took to social media in October 2021 to promote his mother tongue and till now has garnered lacks of followers on different social media platforms. His Instagram page alone has 96,000 followers and every video he uploads gets thousands of views.
He runs a page namely Keashur Praw (Kosher means Kashmiri, Praw means let’s read or learn) on different social media platforms on which he uploads Kashmiri poetry of various Sufi poets with English translation, aiming to promote Kashmiri language.
He uploads the poetry of various famous Kashmiri poets, Sheikh-ul-Alam, Rasul Mir, Shams Faqeer, Wahab Khaar and others.
Besides poetry, he uploads proverbs and Kashmiri riddles with translation, which young generation is not familiar with.
Touqeer did his schooling from his native village and was zealous about preservation and promotion of his mother tongue since childhood. A voracious reader of Kashmiri poetry, Touqeer is presently pursuing his Masters in Geology from Kashmir University. He said though the time passed and I am grown up now, but the fervour towards promotion and preservation of his language is same as it was in his childhood.
“From college days, I was planning to do something for promotion of my mother language, but didn’t know how to do it. As time passed, reasons dawned upon me why not to create a page by which I can do something for my language. I started to work on it in October 2021 and in the beginning I got little response from people, but as the time passed, I witnessed tremendous response from people,” said Touqeer.
“We love and respect our Kashmiri poets, but we are unable to understand their poetry. Kashmiri is our identity and we will cease to be Kashmiris if we continue to treat our mother tongue the way we have been treating,” he said.
He said he feels elated when he sees tremendous response from viewers. —INP