Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan, comprising almost 44% of Pakistan’s total area. The province is known for its beautiful mountains, deserts, and coastal areas. It is also home to various ethnic groups and different languages. Balochi is one of the major languages spoken in Balochistan. Although Balochi is spoken by the majority in the province, it is not compulsory in schools, colleges, and universities. This has raised doubts about the importance given to the language and the promotion of the Balochi culture.
Balochi is an Indo-European language spoken by the Baloch people of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkmenistan. It is one of the oldest and most significant languages spoken in the region. The language has many dialects, with the most significant spoken in Pakistan being the Eastern Balochi dialect. Balochi has its unique script, which is written from right to left, like Arabic and Persian.
Language is not only a means of communication but also a symbol of identity and culture. It is the foundation on which a society is built. Balochi language is the identity of the Baloch people. It has played a pivotal role in shaping their culture, literature, music, and history. The Balochi language is a rich source of knowledge and wisdom that needs to be preserved and promoted.
Despite the significance of the language, it is not given the importance it deserves in Balochistan. It is not compulsory in schools, colleges, and universities in the province. This has resulted in the negligence of the language and has hindered its promotion. Many people in Balochistan do not speak Balochi fluently, and the language is slowly losing its significance.
There are several reasons why Balochi language is neglected in Balochistan, including a lack of resources and infrastructure. Balochistan is an underdeveloped province in Pakistan. There is a lack of resources and infrastructure for education, including the promotion of the Balochi language.
However, we cannot oversee the historical discrimination in the language’s degrading. Balochistan has historically been a neglected province in Pakistan. There has been a lack of investment in education causing plentiful gaps in several areas including the administration of Balochi language in the curriculum.
Political instability is yet another cause of setting Balochi language down. Balochistan has been plagued with political instability, sectarian violence, and insurgency for last several years. Although masses strive for promotion of their language, but they are never pushed up by the parliamentarians.
Our collective mindset and attitude towards our language has a role to play. Many people in Balochistan do not consider Balochi language important as compared with the other foreign languages. They prefer to speak Urdu or English, which they believe is more important for their prospects.
The Balochi language holds the recognition of Baloch as a nation. The negligence of the language in Balochistan is a cause for concern and requires urgent attention. The government and civil societies should work together to promote the Balochi language and culture. The promotion of the Balochi language in schools, colleges, and universities should be made compulsory to ensure its preservation for future generations.