TNN Jan 25, 2012, 06.47AM IST
With all the political parties finally out with their manifestoes, two organizations associated with culture and literature have accused them all of failing to address issues related to Punjabi culture and language.
Coming out with a list of loopholes in the manifestoes, Punjab Jagriti Manch and Punjabi Bhasha Academy stated that the Congress, SAD, BJP and even PPP had not given any importance to preserving Punjabi language.
Representatives of the two organizations stated that while all parties were eager to rule Punjab, they had missed out on the relevant concerns and their agenda had nothing to do with Punjabi language and culture.
In a joint statement issued by Manch general secretary Satnam Singh Manak and Academy president Joginder Singh Puar, they said that while the Congress had completely missed mentioning Punjabi language, SAD had merely given a passing reference to it without giving any clear roadmap on the issue.
They said it was a cause of concern that Punjabi language was dying in Punjab but the political parties, except CPI (M), had avoided taking a stand on the matter.
These organizations appealed to the parties to include the issues now in their agendas.
They also demanded that the parties make clear promises about inclusion of Chandigarh, where Punjabi was being wiped out despite it being the capital of the state.