Dhahan prizes for Punjabi literature announced


Vancouver’s Barj Dhahan is doing what he can to preserve the Punjabi language, not only in Canada but around the globe.

According to Dhahan, the United Nations has claimed Punjabi language is at risk of extinction within the next 50 years because of the dominance of English, so as co-founder of the Canada-India Education Society (CIES), he launched the annual Dhahan prize for Punjabi literature, which sees $25,000 go to a modern Punjabi writer each year.

In its inaugural year, CIES received about 70 submissions from five different countries.

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