Imphal Feb 21,
International Mother Language Day jointly organised by Research Forum (REFORM) and District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Keikol was held today at DIET, Keikol.
Lecturer of GP Women College Dr. Waikhom Romesh in his keynote address highlighted the importance and the needs to preserve the Mother language.
He stressed that if their mother language get extinct than it will lead to the extinction of the identities of their respective communities.
Saddened by the lack of institution to learn the Mother language of Meetei in the state, he said that anyone can learn different languages like Korean, Japanese, Myanmar at Manipur University but not our mother language.
Contradicting that Manipuri Department is not a place to study Manipuri language it is just an institution to study the literature of Manipuri.
Romesh further said that both the students as well as the parents are not aware that students can appear their exam in their mother language upto ten standard on all the subjects except English.
“People still lack the knowledge to understand that teaching and writing in their own mother language has more privilege to understand it”, he added.
Director of Mutua Museum, Mutua Bahadur stressed that people need not fear if they don’t know English. All we have to do is to focus on our goals instead as there is a space for translation, he continued.
He also added that our mind cannot think in languages other than the mother language.
Bahadur continued that there is a need to make the medium of instruction to be in their own mother language as it will help in the understanding easily.
“People should not felt ashamed of speaking their mother language instead they should feel pride in using it”, Bahadur maintained.
The observation was attended by General Secretary of REFORM advocate Sukham Premjit and Director of DIET, Keikol Aheibam Romel as the presidium members.