Manipuri Directorate celebrates its first anniversary

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IMPHAL, August 20: The Language Planning and Implementation Department has taken a firm stand of not following anyone in the matter of the Manipuri language and it’s free to do anything about the development of the language, stated director of the department Dr Laishram Mahabir Singh.

He was speaking on the joint celebrations of the first anniversary of the Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation and the 18th anniversary of the inclusion of Manipuri Languages in the Eight scheduled today at the premises of Directorate of Language Planning and Implementation.

He said that the staffs have suffered for around 20 years to make it a full-fledged department and they are quite a skilled lot to develop the language.

However, the Manipuri language is likely to be divided due to differences between people following the ancient Meitei faith and Hindu religion because the Manipuri language has been mixed with Sanskrit and our own language, he said.

He appealed the people of the State to support in their movement for the development of Manipuri language.

Manipur Science and Technology director Uttam Chand Laishram stated that the Manipur Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with the Manipur Science and Technology will make e- language translations from Bangali to Meitei Mayek to English within two months.

Continuing that with the collaboration of Manipur Science and Technology and National Electronic IT (NELIT) it will also be producing an e- dictionary from English to Manipuri, he said they plan to build software for phones to access the application easily.

Eminent Manipuri Scholar RK Jhaljit Singh expressed his happiness on Language Planning and Implementation department becoming a full-fledged department and has wished for the welfare and development of Manipuri language while also appealing to work hard for raising it to status of a classical language.

There is a need to plan properly for the development of Manipuri language because development a language is hard, he said adding that the Manipuri language has its own script but the language has been mixed up with other languages. Meanwhile, the All Manipuri Students Union (AMSU) also observed the 22rd Manipuri Language Day at its premises.

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