IMPHAL: Member of Parliament from Darjeeling Raju Bista met with Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh in Delhi and requested the state government to constitute an autonomous body for the development of the Gorkha community and culture in Manipur.
Such step will go a long way in providing opportunities for Gorkha writers, students, and scholars to promote our shared heritage in art, culture, and literature in Manipur, the state born Lok Sabha MP told the chief minister.
In a press note from the office of MP Darjeeling Raju Bista, it was stated that during the meeting, they spoke at length on various issues concerning the development and economic progress of the region. In the discussion, the MP also urged the chief minister for the need to develop and preserve the unique Gorkha culture, language, and history in Manipur.
The Gorkhas, with over 200 years of history in Manipur, have significantly contributed to the nation-building process of modern Manipur – as soldiers, glaziers, agricultural workers and the distinct culture and traditions of the Gorkhas have enriched the cultural diversity of the state. The people of Manipur and the Gorkhas have supported and stood with each other during the movement for constitutional recognition of our languages. Interestingly, both Manipuri and Gorkha/Nepali languages were recognized under the VIIIth Schedule of our Constitution the same day, on August 20, 1992, the note state.
According to the statement, the MP hoped that the government of Manipur will take a considerate view of his requests and initiate steps towards recognizing the history and culture of the Gorkhas of Manipur. Raju Bista also reportedly congratulated the BJP government under the leadership of CM N. Biren Singh on winning the vote of confidence in the state Assembly.