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Bishnupriya Manipuri is a notified linguistic minority community, says Islam

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By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 20: Rectifying his earlier reply to a question put by MLA Kartik Sena Sinha in the Assembly on July 15, Asom Minority Welfare Minister Nazrul Islam today said the Bishnupriya Manipuri community is a linguistic minority community.

Islam also informed the House that the proposal to introduce Bishnupriya Manipuri language at the pre-primary level was approved in 1999, and therefore, it is a recognized language. He said the State Government is contemplating on setting up a linguistic minority board, and all developmental works of the minorities will be carried out based on the recommendations of the board. Taking part in the discussion, AGP’s Abdul Aziz said the Bishnupriya Manipuri community has a sizeable population in Barak Valley, and as such, the community should have its representatives in the Minority Development Board.

Sinha had raised the issue of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community being a linguistic minority community in the Assam Legislative Assembly on July 15. He was supported by CPI’s Dhrupad Buragohain who said that the government should fulfil the aspirations of the community. He said an autonomous council should aslo be formed for the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (July 22, 2009)


  1. Rishi!thank u very much for the breaking of this news.The comment
    appeared in the earlier paper was of Mrs.Brahma not of Nazrul Islam, the Minister. which one is correct?
    Now the cloud has diappeared from the Bishnupriya Manipuri`s sky and people can take leisurely breath.In my mind, it was just an ignorance expressed by the Minister
    concerned without any documentary proof.


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