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CEC Kargil inaugurates 2-day Ladakh Literary Conference

KARGIL: Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor (CEC), LAHDC Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan inaugurated 2-day Ladakh Literary Conference at Conference Hall Baroo, here.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Kargil Tsering Motup was the guest of honor of the conference, which was organized by Ladakh Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (LAACL) Kargil. Those who sat in the presidium along with the dignitaries included noted Balti poet Akhone Asgar Ali Basharat, president, International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS), Dr Sonam Wangchuk and Dr Konchok Gyatso from Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS), Leh.

Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Feroz Ahmad Khan said that holding of such literary events assume great significance as their sole aim has always remained to promote our culture, identity and languages. He stressed the need for involvement of the younger generation in such events so as to enlighten them about the glorious culture and folk traditions of Ladakh UT.

The CEC stated that there is need for establishment of clubs and societies at private level to further promote literary endeavors apart from the efforts of the Government. He said that as a part of the steps of the Government of India to include mother tongue as a part of the National Educational Policy (NEP), LAHDC Kargil is currently working on devising recommendations for introduction of books in schools in local vernacular languages.

Khan said as a Ladakhi it is the responsibility of all of us to preserve our unique culture, language and traditions. He stressed on the literary persons to make strenuous efforts to pass on the cultural traditions to the next generation.

ADC Kargil Tsering Motup in his address expressed optimism that the conference will prove an ideal platform to foster the exchange of ideas besides to enhance understanding among the writers and intellectuals of the twin districts which he stated will prove fruitful to devise further strategies for the promotion of the regional languages.

In his keynote address, Dr Sonam Wangchuk said that we are witnessing a gap between the present and earlier generations regarding the literary endeavors. However, he also expressed happiness that a lot of literary and research work is being carried out in Kargil and it should continue with more zeal.

Earlier, Deputy Secretary/Special Officer for Cultural Activities G-1, LAACL Kargil Nazir Hussain presented welcome address.



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