‘One country, one language is a strategy to abolish indigenous languages’IMPHAL | Sep 16
Reacting on the speech of union home minister, Amit Shah’s ‘one country one language’, social activist and advocate, Yendrembam Kiran stated that many indigenous languages in the country have been replaced with Hindi language and the central government intends to abolish Manipuri language with Hindi.
Kiran was speaking to the media during an interaction held in Imphal today. He said Amit Shah’s speech during the celebration of Hindi Diwas held at New Delhi expressed that each citizen should speak Hindi as a native language throughout the country.
The speech might have been delivered following the professional ethics of politics but it was presented in a dictatorial manner, he alleged. The plan to implement one language, one party, one colour will not be successful, he further said adding this might become an issue and will bring more enmity among each other.
“In the last 70 years, indigenous language like Brajbhasha from central India, Marawari from Rajasthan, Bhojpuri from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar including Magadhi and Maithali, Awadhi from central UP have been replaced by Hindi. The languages spoken in the State would go through the same fate if necessary steps are not taken in time,” said Kiran.
Civil bodies, local bodies and other non-governmental organisations need to react on the issue in time as Amit Shah’s statement seems to be a strategy to strengthen its political party by implementing Hindi as a main language and suppressing the indigenous languages of respective communities in the entire country, he added.
Further he said, Manipur has its own unique identity with its unique culture and traditions. Hindi language will not be needed in the State. The statement of Amit Shah unveil the political strategy to abolish the small community groups of northeast India which was once known as ‘Sino-Tibetian’ but now named as ‘Tibeto-Burman’ including Manipur, Kiran said.
If necessary steps are not taken in time, the unique indigenous tradition and culture of Manipur might be abolished in the next few generations, he cautioned. “The people of the entire nation cannot communicate with Hindi language and how can it identify the country at the international level,” he questioned.
Manipur has various ethnic communities and each has different languages but the main official language is Manipuri, he said. In a similar manner, Bengal has Bengali, Assam has Assamese and different languages in southern India. “How the indigenous people who are daily wages earners from different region will survive if Hindi is implemented as one language for the entire nation?” he further questioned.
Instead of making strategies for political benefits, government should prioritise on solving the present issues of the Manipur. Education, which is the backbone of the society, could be strengthened along with the development of road and transport, agricultural sector and power, while water issues can be resolved, he said. If at least one or two leaders are there to raise the issue at the centre, then it would bring a big contribution for Manipur, he added.
Home minister, Amit Shah should be aware that Manipur has its own identity for more than 2000 years and Manipuri language cannot be suppressed by implementing Hindi as main language, he asserted.
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