The Teaching of Punjabi: A Study in Power and Prejudice (W-44)

The Teaching of Punjabi: A Study in Power and Prejudice (W-44)

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  • Wednesday | 31 Mar, 1999
  • Tariq Rahman
  • Working Papers
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Introduction Punjabi has never been used in the official domains of power or taught at a high level, or in its own right, before the coming of the British.  However, there is evidence that at the primary level, children were taught some books in Punjabi. Moreover, it was informally learned by a number of people, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. Let us first take the evidence about it being taught at some level. This evidence comes from Heer Ranjha, the famous tale of two lovers in verse narrated by Waris Shah among others, and has been mentioned by many people including G.M.D Sufi.  The lines from Heer are as follows: