IMPHAL | Nov 18
Chief minister N. Biren presented Thiyam Leirikmacha International award to cultural and language activist from Bangladesh, Thokchom Anil Kishan Singh. The award presentation ceremony was held at the Cabinet hall.
President of Bangladesh Manipuri Sahitya Sangsad, AK Sheram also attended the occasion. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 along with a citation and a shawl. Thokchom Anil Kishan Singh is the fourth recipient of the award instituted by Sahitya Thoupang Lup.
Speaking at the occasion, the Biren said that the State government would never compromise on culture, language and identity of Manipur.
It is a matter of pride that Manipuri diasporas are protecting Manipuri culture, language and identity in different parts of the globe despite facing different challenges, he added.
He said that the present government is planning to construct a guest house for Manipuri diasporas so that they may have a comfortable stay during their visits to the State.
Stressing the importance of literature in identifying a community to the world, he said that the State government would also consider the proposal for setting up a ‘Sahitya Bhavan’ in the State.
Stating that a team of delegates from Bangladesh is likely to visit the State during Manipur Sangai festival, Biren said that he would discuss the issues pertaining to Manipuris residing in the neighbouring country with them.