Gangtok, August 31: (IPR) The 26th Bhasa Manyata Diwas was celebrated at Manan Kendra today, which was organized by Sikkim Pragya Prathistan. The Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling graced the occasion as the chief guest and he was accompanied by Minister for Information and Public Relations, Mr. A.K Ghatani, Chief Secretary, Mr. A.K Shrivastava and other senior government officials.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister, Mr. Chamling stressed on the need for students, academicians, intellectuals to take up Nepali language seriously in order to carry forward from the National level to International standards.
“I pay my respect to those architects who have played crucial roles in the recognition of Nepali language in the Indian constitution. Even after the recognition of Nepali Language in the 8th Schedule of India Constitution on August 20, 1992, we have failed to develop the language further and take it forward’. He said that Nepali language is one of the most significant and popular form of expression of vast number of Nepali speaking communities and literature, language binds people irrespectiveof boundaries and caste.
Stresssing on the importance of this day, the Chief Minister said “every Nepali speaking people should love and be proud of our own language. We should honour every language of each community and encouraged the young generation especially students to take interest in language, literature, culture and tradition to take it forward from hereon.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the roles played by former Chief Minister, Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari, his wife former Member of Parliament, Mrs. Dil Kumari Bhandari and Shri Anandmani Singh Thapa. Nepali language he reiterated is the lingua-franca and a connecting language for all the communities of the state and thus it is more important that the importance of the language is understood and not taken for granted. Nepali language has come to this stage after works of literary giants have contributed significantly and now the time has come to put an effort to more literature and studies of the past so that the glory and stature of it is revived.
Stating his point to the students in the audience, Chief Minister said that due to the colonized mindset, we have failed to reach zenith in the language parameter and the time has now come to be innovative, constructive with a sense of ownership, responsibility and accountability which would improve the human development of the state and the society.
During the programme, Chief Minister made several announcements:
a. From next academic year, Nepali Teachers will be recruited at Primary levels.
b. Rs. 5 lakh presented to Sikkim Pragya Prathistan from Chief Minister Fund.
c. Rs 2 lakh for publishing of Nepali Magazine for students.
Eminent literary personality, Mr. K.N Sharma was conferred with first Rashmi Prasad Alley 2018 Purashkar which was handed over by the chief guest.
Earlier, panel discussion was held where four eminent personalities, Mr. Balaram Pandey, Mr. Rupesh Sharma and Mr. Bijay Kr. Subba shared their views and observation on present scenario of Nepali language and its use in various fields.
Organizing committee also felicitated Chief Minister, Mr. Pawan Chamling for his contribution towards the Nepali language and for being the longest serving Chief Minister in the entire country.
The programme also had the presence of Vice Chancellor of Sikkim State University, literary figures, students of central and state university and students of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College.