Mathura, 2019-09-16 (VT): The Uttar Pradesh government had decided to introduce Braj- Bhasha, Bhojpuri, and Avadhi in the state’s primary school curriculum. The decision was taken by the State Council of Educational Research and Training to develop a range of language skills in children, such that they can understand and appreciate their literary heritage and develop interest in it.
Braj Bhasha aficionados from Mathura have welcomed the government’s decision as a step in the right direction for preservation and promotion of the language. They believe that over an extended time period it will also help in bringing the vanishing dialects of these regional languages into the mainstream.
The long-standing demand for introduction of Braj Bhasha in school curriculum had evolved into a movement of sorts. People such as Padma Shri Mohan Swaroop Bhatia have been at the forefront of the struggle to keep it alive. As one of the leading authorities on Braj culture and literature, Shri Bhatia’s greatest contribution has been the compilation of over 5000 folk songs in the language.
Recently Vrindavan Today had the opportunity to speak to him in this regard. In the upcoming edition of our print magazine, readers can learn more about his life and works, and his struggle for the preservation Braj’s literary assets. During our conversation, he made a significant observation that Braj Bhasha makes for the corpus of Hindi literature. He was visibly aggrieved by the lack of governmental efforts to protect this valuable heritage.
However, this move by the state government will definitely bring relief to untiring warriors such as Shri Bhatia.