Delhi Govt considering Prakrit Academy; language of scriptures of Jainism
New Delhi: Delhi government is considering a proposal to set up a Prakrit Academy in Delhi on the lines of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi academies. A proposal to this effect was made recently by Delhi Minorities Commission’s Jain Advisory Committee. It said that due to the historical importance of Prakrit language and it being the depository of the religious and cultural heritage of the Jain community, a Prakrit Academy should be set up in Delhi on the lines of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi academies.
The Delhi Minorities Commission accepted this proposal and DMC chairman Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote a letter to the chief minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal recommending the setting up of a Prakrit Academy in Delhi. The CM has forwarded this proposal to Dy. CM, Mr Manish Sasodia who handles language and culture departments in Delhi Government. The Commission has received a communication from the office of the Dy. CM Delhi saying that this proposal has been referred to the Secretary, Art, Culture and Language for consideration and due action.
Repair of Jain temples
Delhi Minorities Commission has supported another demand of the Jain Advisory Committee that Jain mandirs under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), which are suffering from neglect, should be properly repaired and renovated. DMC chairman has written to the ASI stressing the need for timely repair and renovation of Jain temples under its care.