CHALLENGES THAT PUNJABI FACES
With reference to the report “Punjabi will live despite challenges”, the language faces many real challenges from the Punjabis only. In Punjab cities, including Amritsar, it is considered fashionable to speak a stilted Hindi rather than a fluent Punjabi by many who call the latter a peasants’ language. Young boys playing in streets hurl the choicest of expletives in a fluent Punjabi, but when someone speaks to them they respond in Hindi. Punjabi gets a step-motherly treatment by urban people in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh which were part of the state in the past. It is hoped that the debate on challenges to Punjabi at the World Punjabi Conference brings in some pleasant changes in the mindset of the Punjabis in Punjab and neighbouring states.