[lg policy] Guwahati: Asam Sahitya Sabha will request chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to accept the language policy for school education that has been ..

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Aug 25 11:15:36 EDT 2018


*Guwahati:* Asam Sahitya Sabha will request chief minister Sarbananda
Sonowal to accept the language policy for school education that has been
agreed upon by it along with the literary bodies of eight ethnic
communities of the state.

Sabha's general secretary Padum Rajkhowa said they will send memoranda to
Sonowal through the deputy commissioners of each district with their demand
on August 25, the day when Oxomiya Bhaxa Unnati Xadhini Xobha, Sabha's
precursor, was established in 1888.

The Sabha will celebrate August 25 as Bhaxa Xonkolpo Diwas (Language
Resolution Day) by placing various demands before the Assam government to
put pressure on Dispur to work for Assamese language and literature.

The Sabha, the literary bodies of Karbi, Bodo, Rabha, Tiwa, Dimasa, Mising,
Deori and Garo communities and representatives of the state education
department, had met on August 7 at Kahilipara here to frame the language
policy for school education.
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Setting aside all earlier differences, the Sabha and the eight literary
bodies had come to a mutual acceptance on a common language policy.

The state education department is preparing the policy, which will have to
be passed by the state cabinet.

"We want the chief minister to accept the language policy and pass it by
the cabinet considering the larger interest of development of all languages
of the state," Rajkhowa said.

After the 2011 census report revelation about shrinkage of Assamese
speakers by 9.43 per cent in two decades, the Sabha apprehends that
speakers of Assamese and other languages of various indigenous communities
of the state will go down further.

"We want the chief minister to introduce a compulsory language paper
containing 50 per cent questions from local languages and rest from the
state official language in examinations for government jobs," he added.

Rajkhowa said they would also demand to make Assamese compulsory in all
universities of the state, supply Assamese software in government offices,
develop Assamese dictio

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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