KSA questions motive of organization on Manipuri books

KSA questions motive of organization on Manipuri books

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The Kangleipak Students’ Association has questioned the motive of the organization that has made a demand specifying that the Manipuri books being studied in educational institutions which are written in Meitei script should be rewritten in Bengali and other scripts and used for teaching students upto Class X.  In a press release issued on Friday, the KSA stated that Manipur has a proud history of being a sovereign republic for over 2000 years with its own language and script and ruled by many kings. However, due to our own lack of unity many instances of suppression came by. Ultimately on October 22, 1979, the Manipuri script was published in the State Gazette and Manipuri was made the official language of the state. Another significant moment was brought in 1992 when Manipuri language was included in the Eighth Schedule. From that time onwards, many dedicated countrymen came forward to work for the development of the language and the script. The pioneers ensured the teaching of the script in schools which was introduced in the lower classes in 2006 and now more than 5,00,000 native students have been able to master the script. From this year onwards, the script is being taught at the Manipur University which is the highest seat of learning in the state. KSA found the news very heart warming.But, in such a juncture, the association came across the dubious demand. The KSA stated that it would want to inquire under what basis was the demand for re-production of the Manipuri books after rewriting them in Bengali or other scripts made. After many years we have been able to achieve the full-fledged teaching of Manipuri language in our own script, making such vile demands is a challenge to the people of Kanglei as well as the students’ community. This is an attempt to humiliate our own people who have pursued the local script from the inception of their schools to higher learning and again at doctoral level.   The demand is also a challenge to the National Education Policy, 2020 which instructs the use of mother language as a medium of teaching till class V, it said.
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