Saturday, 27 December 2008

Talk with children in IMAR THAR

By Ramanuj Sinha, New Delhi

Language (IMAR THAR) is one of the most fundamental aspects of a people’s culture. We all want our children to speak the language of their heritage. Let us discount the opinions of those who say that it is better to forget “IMAR THAR” and to concentrate on speaking “MAYANG THAR” well. These people are just wrong. It does not hurt your “English/Hindi/Bengali/Assamese/………..” to speak your own language; it helps. 

My dear friend Henryy has rightly said in his recent Article “JINGTA KORO IMAR THAR” that “A simple survey would reveal, the 5-10 families residing in New Delhi for the last 30-40 years, have butchered the growth of the Bishnupriya Manipuri language………Their children DO NOT SPEAK the language…….”

I have come up with an “APPEAL” to all those Bishupriya Manipuri people. Please try to speak in “IMAR THAR” with your children. Do not be afraid of "confusing" the child. Children can identify speakers of different languages as they grow up. 

Make your children be able to speak with their relatives in “IMAR THAR”. Thanks to improved phone service which is entering the most remote villages of our country. Today a phone call is economical enough, so the question of away-from-home doesn't arise. The thrill of being able to talk to their uncles, aunts, and cousins will get the kids interested in keeping up their language. 

Another good reason for you to work at your children's learning to speak “IMAR THAR” is because it will make you proud to hear the compliments of your friends and countrymen because your children are able to speak your language. You grow in prestige as a person who values your roots. 

JAI IMA BISHNUPRIYA.

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