Imphal: Federal Students’ Organisation, Kangleipak (FESOK) on Tuesday launched a signature campaign against the making Hindi language subject compulsory in the academic syllabus up to Class-X in Manipur and other North East states.
To conserve and safeguard the Manipuri language script, the student body launched a signature campaign opposing the making of Hindi compulsory up to Class-X.
The signature campaign was launched on DM University campus, here.
FESOK targets to collect more than 50,000 signatures to submit to state and central governments.
The campaign was launched to safeguard the Manipuri language script which is used by a minority community, secretary of educational and library, FESOK, N. Rikesh Mangang said.
It is unfortunate that the Union home minister announced to include Hindi as compulsory till Class-X as it will only get a huge impact on the minority communities, he added.
According to UNESCO, there are around 7,000 languages script in the world. Out of the total, 40 percent are in vulnerable stage. In India, there are around 1,700 languages and 40 percent are in vulnerable stage. Culture, tradition and others related to a community will get extinct if its languages and scripts are extinct, the student leader said.
Most of languages including scripts that were extinct are due to the conspiracy of the respective government of the respective country, he alleged.
Manipuri language and script was included in the 8th schedule in 1992, however, it cannot be assumed that the language and script has constitutional protection. He said the resolution of a meeting held recently has been submitted to the state government.
The state government is yet to announce its stand regarding the issue. There is a possibility to include Manipuri as one of the Indian classical languages but no necessary steps have been taken by the state government, Rikesh said.