Nepali Bhasha Manyata Diwas observed in Darjeeling

Nepali Bhasha Manyata Diwas observed in Darjeeling
Wed, Aug 21, 2019

Our Correspondent
The 27th Nepali Bhasha Manyata Diwas was observed today here with the speakers expressing their concern on preservation of Nepali language and utilization of it. The programme to celebrate the Constitutional recognition of Nepali language on this day in 1992 was organized by Nepali Sahitya Sammelan (NSS).
“The movement for the recognition of the Nepali language started around 1956 with the language finally getting recognition in 1992. However, we are seeing that the language is not being used much with there being the need to preserve it. It was the Nepali Bhasha Samity that had started the agitation for the recognition of the language and we feel they are needed again for the implementation of it," said Dr. Chandra Kumar Rai, president of NSS.
“I feel it is our weakness that people tend to use English language while writing official letters also along with using English words while speaking Nepali. I feel there should be a change in our mentality,” said Rai.
During the tenure of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) it was made compulsory to use Nepali language for all official workS and meetings. The existing Gorkhaland Teritorial Administration (GTA) that currently administers the hills made use of Nepali for official purpose obligatory.
Today Sanjog Khawas of Chungthung was also given the Prem Sherpa Virogi Smriti Puraskar for his book 'Anjan Shear Ma'.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi