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Manipur Govt Begins Efforts for Inclusion of Manipuri Among ‘Classical’ Languages

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Imphal, August 21, 2019:

Manipur Minister Thongam Biswajit has said that there are enough proofs for the inclusion of Manipuri language among the classical languages of India.

Singh made this remark at the 28th Manipuri Language Day observation at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Imphal on Tuesday. “For inclusion of Manipuri language in the classical language of India, there are enough proofs and evidence or argument establishing a fact or the truth of manuscripts, on which the state government will make its best efforts”, he said.

Assuring all possible help in promoting the Manipuri language, The Manipur Minister said that “it is not just our weakness, but also our loss, that we are unable to capitalise on the fact that it has been 27 years since the Manipuri language was included in the 8th Schedule.”

Regarding the effort for inclusion of the Manipuri language in the Classical Languages of India, the Minister said that when there is need, the issue can be placed before the cabinet. He also proposed a temporary or adhoc committee, if not a Language Commission, to spearhead the effort for inclusion of Manipuri in Classical Languages of India.

Stating that the government will never deny any assistance or help if the issue is genuine, he said that it should be the collective responsibility of all, including the Government, to promote Manipuri language, he added.

The observation in commemoration of the inclusion of Manipuri language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution on August 20, 1992 was held under the theme “Manipuri Lon Chaokhat Hanbada Lamdam Sigi Yelhou Lonsingsu Chaokhat Hanba Tangaiphade” this year.

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