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Minor languages can help protect Assamese society


STAFF Reporter//

GUWAHATI, Oct 4 – “If the culture and identity of the greater Assamese society is to be protected, special emphasis should be given on protecting the languages spoken in the State, particularly the regional and sub-regional ones, irrespective of geographical, political or any other differences.”

Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, general secretary of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, advocated mutual co-operation among the prominent organisations of different linguistic communities while addressing the participants at a seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Challenges before the minor languages of Assam,’ organised on Sunday by Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers Forum, Guwahati.

Presenting the Sabha’s stand on the issue, he said that it is now being made compulsory for the Sahitya Sabha office-bearers of different parts of the State to learn the languages popular in those particular areas, other than Assamese, to serve literature in a better way.

Inaugurating the seminar, Kartiksena Sinha, MLA, expressed his concern over the diminishing practice of speaking mother tongue at home, particularly among the well- educated younger generations.

“Parents and social organisations should try to inculcate a sense of pride among the younger generation regarding speaking their own language,” he said.

Speaking about the linguistic minority development board to be formed shortly, he said that the linguistic minority groups should keep in touch with the government to get the membership of the board.

The forum felicitated Dr Kaliprasad Sinha on the occasion.

The Government of Assam has formally declared eight languages of the State as ‘minor’ in their ‘Implementation of minority languages; policy guidelines’. The languages are Bishnupriya Manipuri, Tai, Mising, Rabha, Deuri, Tiwa, Karbi and Garo.

In his paper presentation, Lakshmindra Kumar Sinha, president of Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum mentioned that the indifferent attitude of the State Government is one of the reasons responsible for the deteriorating condition of the minor languages.

“The Assam Government had announced the formation of a Sahitya Academy in the State in 2005, which is not yet implemented. The government is also not giving any financial assistance for the development of minor languages,” he mentioned.

“Though the State Government introduced minor languages as a language subject in class III and IV, teachers were not appointed for those subjects. There is no authority taking care of the proper implementation of the languages and there is no provision for upgrading the languages at the higher level,” he added.

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (October 5, 2009)

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    1. This news piece doesn't give the purpose of seminar cum workshop.We have been waiting for the outcome of collective decision on aim and objective of these recognised minority language group.Nothing mentioned about the key notes,
      plenary speeches from the delegates of various minority languages such as Tai,Mising,Rabha,
      Deuri,Tiwa,Karviand Garo.Rather it creates needle of suspision in readers mind wheather these groups
      were present or not.Let the forum
      come with its own version.


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