Dear Panjabis ! An Announcement and Final Request to you all !!
This Online Petition will be closed by this weekend. Please, please ask all your near and dear ones, who haven't signed : PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION before it is closed.
We are very grateful to all those who signed and got this Petition signed. On behalf of Panjabi Vikaas Manch, UK, I thank all the volunteers, literary organisations, Gurdwaras, Panjabi schools and community centres who made a great contribution. Thank You All !!
- Shinder Mahal
PANJABI on BBC Website
"MAKE NEWS AND INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN PANJABI (GURMUKHI) ON BBC WEBSITE".
Why is this important?
Panjabi is the third most spoken language in the United Kingdom. A large number of Panjabi speaking population of the UK are paying millions of pounds of license fee to the BBC. Panjabi community have every right to have the facility of access to Local as well as World News in their own language as Panjabi (Gurmukhi script). Panjabis constitute one of the successful communities in every field in the UK and worldwide, yet they do not have access to reliable and trustworthy source of information on current affairs and world news in their own language. Digital information is integral part of modern life. In modern days Panjabi community has become more aware of this digital transformation. But their language Panjabi is no on the BBC !!
Increasing number of young Panjabi audiences are also keen learners of the Panjabi language, each year taking A Levels courses in large numbers, run by AQA. Availability on online content in Panjabi will be significantly helpful for them to improve their language as well communication skills to serve community better and a better Great Britain.
There’s no doubt that BBC has one of the largest news gathering operations in the world, with more journalists, in more countries than any other international broadcaster. It has its reputable presence in South Asia in terms of extensive coverage of social, economical and political news across the region including state of Panjab, in India. All Panjabis would love to stay in touch with rapidly changing world and will have access to daily updates in their own language.
UK Panjabi community, as well as across the globe, would love to have all information in Panjabi (Gurmukhi) made available on BBC website along with other 15 South Asian languages including Nepalese, Burmese and Pashto.
Therefore BBC must provide such well deserved facility to the Panjabi community of the UK as a "NEED" of the modern life. Such service is available to Burmese, Nepalese and Pashto communities, but why not the Panjabi Community?? This should be One & Only Question of the Panjabi Community to the BBC.