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Is Imaar Thar in Danger: Influenced by external factor?

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This is the second article in the series which has come up from the reader's perceptions have on an intriguing issue – Is Imaar Thar in Danger. Read the first article : Dwindling Vs Secure

Tridiv Sinha from New Delhi:

I have some reasons to believe that it might come straight to us as a punch on the face. Yeah, our own language might be counted as an endangered language in the near future. But I am not sure of the specific time-period.

The current limitations in the use of our language is that, even though almost every family speaks the language as of today, the children and teenagers aren't fluent in it and often use terms from other languages to complete the message. So, the language is losing it's resources exponentially.

Statistically speaking, we are already a minority in the country; forget the world. Moreover, rate of increase of population of our community isn't in par with India or world. So, even though we are growing in population, our apparent population when compared to the total in the areas concerned is actually getting reduced.

Bipul Sinha from Mumbai:

(It is immaterial) You marry other caste or not nowadays parents sentiment is to teach (their sons and daughters) English before Imaar thar.

Remuna Sinha from Tripura:

Bishnupriya Manipuri language is of much antiquity. Historical evidences indicate its existence even prior to the 15th century A.D. The language has not vanished or disappeared even against so many adversaries, constraints, hurdles and ethnic outrage.

I'm confident the language may languish but will not perish.

Bishnupriya Manipuri people should not make their communication with artificiality leaving their natural language. A time will come of self retrospection for upholding the language with indomitable urge like the Jews of Israel.

Sagarjit Sinha from Moran, Assam:

I feel there should be a will to learn. So, we should give our children the education which will culture them, so that they can inculcate the facts of life ahead.

The social scenario in our towns/cities have become cosmopolitan where we encounter a vibrant mixture of culture/languages. This is the real scenario of India and the thread binding all the culture/languages is the Indian Ethic. It may be pointed out that the Hindi language has also binded us together, particularly the bombardment of soap operas in our television. A child at a tender age is being exposed to the Hindi language and he catches new phrases everyday. Here the parents try hard to communicate with the children in our Imar Thar, but they fail to impress them. The parents then reconcile to the fact that their children are young and when they grow up they will surely speak our Imar Thar. True, sometimes our child return home from school and ask us as to why are we Bishnupriya Manipuri while all their friends are either Assamese or Bengali. In this context it won't be perfect to be strict and force feed our imar Thar. Let them grow around normally and gain the wisdom and ethic of India. Apart from our language I feel that our customs/rituals which if followed by the parents, become an important tool which binds our Bishnupriya Manipuris together.

If I quote my own example I grew up in Shillong which is cosmopolitan and my lingua franca was many except our Imar Thar. But when I went to study outside, I felt the need of having our own identity. Although we don't have our own state, at least our culture/our language are the precious gems which we can showcase. Thereon I started to inculcate our Imar Thar and am still trying. So I feel there should be a will to learn which is important.

Read all the articles:
Unity in Smoke
Not simple to answer
Immar Thar han habito hoba
Influenced by external factor?
Dwindling Vs Secure


Read online all the readers' comments


  1. 1st of all we must object those who are talking other language at home. Now-a-days those who are little literate they are thinking that "Emaar thar" is more lower level than other languages.Most welcome for to learn other languages as well but 1st mother language. We found specially in town area our people are speaking Bengali, even those who are staying in Assamese dominated area than also they are speaking Bengali. Strongly I hate them.
    Ammar Beyapa / Beibuni-- pl teach our children own mother language & don't permit to talk other language specially at home-- this is my humble request. Otherwise in near future our community will get diminish.




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