Imphal, Aug 20:
The 32nd Manipuri Language Day was observed today at Iboyaima Sumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound Imphal.
The day is observed to commemorate the inclusion of Manipuri language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution on August 20, 1992.
The observance function was attended by Longjam Joychandra Singh, President, Manipur Sahitya Parishad, Imphal, Huirem Behari Singh, President, The Cultural Forum Manipur, Noaroibam Indramani, President, Naharol Sahitya Premee Samiti, Ph. Gunachandra Sharma, Lifetime President, Manipur State Sumang Leela Council, L. Surjakanta Sharma, Chairman, Film Forum Manipur and Syed Ahmed, President, Writers’ Union, Imphal as dignitaries on the dais.
Speaking on the occasion, Convenor of the Manipuri Language Day State Level Celebration Committee, Leihaothabam Sartchandra said that Manipuri language was included in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution after a struggle by the people of Manipur. He said that Manipuri language was not among the 14 languages under the Constitution of India. Manipuri Language along with some Indian language were included in the 8th Scheduled after agitation by the people. After the language has been included in the 8th Scheduled the Manipuri Language is being studied upto the level of university. The language is a lingua franca language in the state of Manipur.
Shratchandra, appealed the people to popularise the Manipuri language. He said that even though we learnt many other languages a Manipuri should learnt Manipuri language. He added that efforts are on to recognise Manipuri Language as Classical language.
Noaroibam Indramani, President, Naharol Sahitya Premee Samiti, while speaking on the occasion said that it is only the people of Manipur that will develop the Manipuri language, even though Manipuri language is spoken at many states and countries outside Manipur. He said that Manipuri Language today is a language that communicate between one community to other community in Manipur. He also said that Manipuri is spoken at Tripura, Assam, and even at Bangladesh, Burma. It is now an international language.