Concerted efforts needed for Manipuri language to achieve classical language status: MP Sanajaoba

The Rajya Sabha MP from Manipur appealed to all people to respect and promote Manipuri language.

Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba

To promote and make Manipuri language achieve recognition as a classical language, concerted efforts and initiatives are needed from the public, the state government, scholars and authorities concerned, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba said on Friday.

He was speaking to the media in a video clip issued from his office in New Delhi on Friday.

Extending his greetings on ‘Manipuri Language Day’ to those who are trying to promote the language, Sanajaoba said the day has been annually observed as ‘Manipuri Language Day’ since August 20, 1992, the day when Manipuri language was included in the 8th schedule along with Nepali and Konkani language, he said.

Sanajaoba said Manipuri language was not included in the 8th schedule easily. The inclusion came only after repeated demands were made over an extended period of time and several movements carried out by Manipuris, he added.

The demand to recognise Manipuri language as a classical language was proposed during his first session at Rajya Sabha on September 22, 2020 after he was elected as MP Rajya Sabha from Manipur, he said. Till date, only six languages of the country have been recognised as the classical language. If Manipuri is included among the classical languages, then it will become the 7th Indian classical language, he added.

The MP said to make Manipuri language imprinted on the Indian currency notes, he had made a proposal during the zero-hour of the parliamentary session conducted on February 12 this year.  He received a positive response from the Central government, he added.

After he made the proposal, similar proposals to include other languages such as Marathi also came from other states, he said.

For Manipuri language to achieve the desired recognition as a classical language and to include it among the languages imprinted on the Indian currency note, concerted efforts are required, he asserted.

Sanajaoba appealed to the people to respect and promote Manipuri language. People of Manipur should speak Manipuri as there are apprehensions that the language might become endangered in the future, he added. 

First Published:Aug. 21, 2021, 9:35 a.m.

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