Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh compares Meitei community to ‘endangered Sangai’ while addressing at the 31st Manipuri Language Day celebration held at auditorium of Maharaja Chandrakriti, Palace Compound, here on Saturday.
Biren paid his respect to those who were involved in the movement for inclusion of the Manipuri Language in the 8th Schedule of India.
Manipuri, Konkani and Nepali were included in the 8th schedule by the 71st Amendment Act of 1992.
To promote and safeguard the local dialect of various ethnic communities of Manipur, the state government will start a short term course to learn different local dialect of Manipur by providing stipend, Biren said.
To safeguard the indigenous communities of Manipur he directed the concerned department to start a short term course to learn different local dialect of various communities including Kuki and Tangkhul dialects.
He said to aware the historic events of Manipur, the state government has started to produce the historic event of Manipur, “7 years devastation” and the life history of “Maharaja Kulachandra” as movies.
With the help of the movie which is to be produced with Manipuri film maker in collaboration of one of the film makers from Mumbai the history of Manipur will be shown to the people, Biren added.
He said in the last few days many non-locals had been publishing various books based on Manipuri history with irrelevant information which could misinterpret wrong information among various ethnic communities. “The state government will form a committee to monitor such historic books before they are published.”
Education minister Th. Basanta Kumar Singh said Manipuri language has been third largest speaking language in the north eastern state next to Bengali and Assamese however, UNESCO has declared Manipuri language as in vulnerable stage.
He said most of the youths started neglecting Manipuri dialect to speak in public places other than using at their residence. This could be a main factor for becoming the dialect in the vulnerable stage.
The government has been continuing its effort to include Manipuri language as 7th classical language of the country, he added.
Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba said with the guidance of the chief minister the issue on promotion of Manipuri language was tabled on Parliamentary floor. With the cooperation from central leaders and state leaders the central government has given positive response regarding inclusion of Manipuri language as 7th classical language of the country, he added.
He said most of the youths appearing competitive examination have been facing problems to choose Manipuri language as the students were instructed to write the examination in Bengali script instead of Meitei Mayek. He said he had urged the officials concerned to include Meitei Mayek in addition to Bengali script as Manipuri language.
Works minister Govindas Konthoujam also attended the function.
The programme started with state song “Sana Leibak Manipur”.
The celebration committee comprises of different 17 local organisations which included Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, The Cultural Forum Manipur, Naharol Sahitya Premee Samiti, Manipuri Language Development Committee, Epathoukok, Leikol, Sathoulup, Imakhol, Manipur State Sumang Leela Council, Writers’ Forum Manipur, Manipuri Literary Society, AMMIK, Film Forum Manipur; Arts Society Manipur; Theatre Centre Manipur; Patriotic Writers’ Forum and Writers’ Union.
The observation was organised by the Manipuri Language Day State Level Celebration Committee in collaboration with the department of art and culture and Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation.