Nepali Sahitya Parishad observes Bhasha Manyata Diwas


Wed, Aug 21, 2019

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK:
The Nepali Bhasha Manyata Diwas to commemorate Constitutional recognition of Nepali language was also celebrated by Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Sikkim here today.
The Bhasha Diwas event attended by litterateurs and citizens recalled the struggle for language recognition and passage of the Bill for inclusion of Nepali language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution in the Lok Sabha on this day in 1992.
The contributions of former Sikkim Lok Sabha MP Dil Kumari Bhandari and other proponents were also remembered on the occasion.
Nepali Sahitya Parishad president Rudra Poudyal, litterateur C.P. Giri, 2019 Bhanu Purashkar winner Dhurba Lohagan along with a host of other dignitaries were present. The event also featured felicitation of Lata Sharma, a post-graduate from Sikkim University, who topped the university this year.
C.P. Giri hailed the stand of two Nepali speaking MPs – Indra Hang Subba and Raju Bista – who took the oath in Nepali language in the Lok Sabha earlier this year. “It may not be the first time that an oath has been administered in Nepali, but what they did was praiseworthy, it helps in raising the concern for the language and helps in propagation of the language and literature to a wider audience,” he said.
NSP president Rudra Poudyal said language and land are not related. He said, “With Nepali language, there is stigma that the language is only originated to Nepal. Nepal is a country, but Nepali language is spoken the world over, the Nepali speaking diaspora is spread across the world but most importantly in India. When Bengali language is also spoken in another country in Bangladesh, no one considers the language to be foreign. On a similar note, Nepali language should not be considered as foreign language in India.”


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
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