Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Report on the Conference on International Mother Language Day

The Conference on International Mother Language Day organized by the Commissioner Linguistic Minorities, Govt. of India, Allahabad(UP), was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Minority Affairs, Shri. Salman Khursid at 11.00 A.M at Scope Complex Lodi Road on 21st February in presence of dignitaries from various states of India and many NGOs/Associations who are working for development of their mother languages/tongues. Shri. Salman Khursid released a bulletin issued by the Commissioner Linguistic Minorities with standing applause from the august gathering. He exhorted the gathering to take the issues of linguistic minorities with much enthusiasm and in the spirit of missionary zeal. India being a country in which Unity in diversity is the theme of our national policy. He said that we all must try to live with the Unity in linguistic diversity as well. He promised to do whatever he can to uplift the linguistic minorities through his good office.

Thereafter, Shri. K.K. Sethi ex-Chief Secretary of Manipur and ex-Commissioner Linguistic Minorities presented a lecture of the various issues involving the development of minority languages in India and made suggestions.

The Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs, delved at length the problems and issues faced by the minority languages in India and initiated a workshop on the practical issues and problems and remedies or suggestions for development of minority languages in India; which will be placed before the Parliamentary Committee on Linguistic Minorities for their considerations.

After the workshop had been divided into 3(three) groups, there were hot discussions on the topics such as the role of the states in developing minority languages, the role of media in developing minority languages and suggestions or remedies for further development of minority languages.
There was high lunch followed by concluding summary discussions from the chair and the participants which continued till 4.30 P.M.
Finally, the meeting ended with placing suggestions and petitions before the Secretary, Department of Minority Affairs, Linguistic Minorities, Govt. of India for the consideration of the Govt.

Besides, many participants who shared their views and suggestions, the President, Zo Cultural-cum-Literature Society India [ZOCULSIN] based at Delhi; Mr. Philip Thanglienmang M.A(Linguistics), DANICS who attended the conference at the invitation of the Commissioner Linguistic Minorities, Govt. of India also shared his valuable ideas and constructive suggestions during the workshop/conference.
The conference ended with vote of thanks from Sh. Shivkumar, AC, Linguistic Minorities, Chennai region.

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