Understanding the complex dynamics of language development in a multi-lingual state like Jammu and Kashmir, is not only a challenging task but also important for creating informed opinion about the status of languages and their role in identity formation. Often described as a three-storeyed edifice founded upon bonds of history and geography and linked by a common destiny, the J & K State presents a fascinating mosaic of cross-cultural interaction.
This study delves into the cultural moorings of various mother tongues of the state and the problems encountered in their development. It presents local as well as specialists' perspectives on issues relating to the linguistic predicament in all the regions of the state. The book brings into focus the neglected state of the indigenous languages (Kashmiri, Dogri, Gujari, Ladakhi, Balti etc.). It also spells out ways and means to redress the present anomalous situation.