International Mother Language Day observed in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 21: The state education minister Ratan Lal Nath on Monday claimed that the government is working diligently for the development of the mother tongue of all the castes and tribes of the state. Tripura along with rest of the world on Monday observed the International Mother Language Day in a befitting manner. The state-level function was held here at Agartala Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan. Addressing the gathering in the programme minister Ratan Lal Nath said that it is through the mother languages that the human civilization and culture is developing.

“The development and evolution of art, literature and science is not possible without mother languages. The present State Government has been working diligently for the development of the mother tongue of all the castes and tribes of the State,” Nath said.The Education Minister further said that the present Bangladesh is the foundation of language movement. The language movement was formed against the imposition of Urdu language on the Bengalis of East Pakistan at that time. There has never been such a big movement for language in the world.

“Special emphasis has been laid on education based on mother language in the new education policy of India. In the last four years, the Kok-Borok language is included as a subject in 45 primary schools, 49 Madhyamik schools and on 22 higher secondary schools in the state,” adding to this Nath said, “The state government has decided to appoint PGT teachers and professors in various colleges to encourage Kok-Borok education in higher education.”

 He said that an online Kok-Borok course has been launched since January 30 to provide Kok-Borok education to government employees to alleviate language problems for citizens. As a new initiative, there is also an opportunity to conduct minor research on Kok-Borok, Kuki, Mizo, Halam, Garo, Chakma, Manipuri (Bishnupriya and Maiti) languages through Kok-Borok and other minority departments. Speaking on the occasion, the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh at Agartala  Arif Mohammad said that Tripura has created an exceptional place and example in the heart of the world.

As a result, the celebration of this day has reached a unique height. He said that Amar Ekush is now universal. That is why this day is being observed with due dignity all over the world. Education Minister Ratanlal Nath inaugurated the trilingual (Bangla, Kok-Borok and English) website of the school education department on Monday to mark the day. Information and Culture Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury and others remained present in the occasion.

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