Introduction

The Punjabi Cultural Council (PCC), a registered NGO, has set on to promote, preserve, propagate and popularise the mother tongue Punjabi including rich culture and heritage of Punjab at National and International level. It would also carry out diverse activities and awareness campaigns in realizing the aims and objects to their logical finale.

The PCC would make sure, through peaceful dialogues, to get second language status to Punjabi language in those states where significance Punjabi speaking community has been residing which included neighbouring States like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, New Delhi, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Union Territory Chandigarh.

The Punjabi Cultural Council had presented the prestigious “Punjab Rattan” award to the Education Minister Punjab Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, former Finance Minister, at Ludhiana on 18th December 2009 for her historical contribution in ensuring the Punjabi as an official language of the State as well as making Punjabi compulsory from class 1st to class 10th in all the schools. Besides, she created history by according due status and recognition to the Sikh martial art Gatka as a game in the schools, colleges and universities.

It is sad that the minority languages suffered crisis of marginalising under the garb of national integration. Minority languages are being politicised for throwing them to the periphery in our country. Languages of minority communities have been victim of linguistic chauvinism of the elite classes. Hence, no single language can do justice to the minority languages and regional or tribal dialects in India.

It is truly said that anyone, who has lost his mother tongue, has lost everything. There is no poverty like losing one’s own language.