International Mother Language Day celebrated in Leh

JIGMET JANSPAL KHUNGRU
LEH, FEB 21: Like other parts of world, ‘International Mother Language Day ‘ was observed at Main market Leh today.
The event was organized by Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA), Women Wing in collaboration with Student’s Welfare Association of Central Institute of Buddhist Studies.
LBA Vice president, PT Kunzang was the chief guest on the occasion. International Mother Language Day is observed worldwide on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity & multilingualism. In his welcome address, Rinchen Angmo, LBA Women Wing president stressed on preserving local language.
Kanpo Khonchok Thupstan talked about the history behind the celebration of the Language Day. In 1952, students from the University of Dhaka, demonstrated for the recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan. Later, all over the world this day was celebrated as Mother Language Day, Thupstan informed.
Earlier, a peaceful rally was taken out from Leh gate and to main market.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Konchok Angdu (Director of CIBS) said, it has been observed in a survey that in every two weeks, one language is vanishing from the world. “As we are unique in nation because of our language and way of living, it is a duty of people in Ladakh to preserve language, culture and art,” he said. Rigzen Dojay, SOUL president said, about 70 percent of youth lack knowledge regarding local language and stressed on the importance of language for identity of the region. “We have to organize such events twice a month to aware masses about the local language,” he added.
Stanzin Tsetan, president of Student Association CIBS highlighted the importance of the day. It is the responsibility of all individuals belonging to different regions to celebrate the occasion, he added.
Angchuk Dorjey, a member of EMJ College Leh also spoke on the occasion.
In his address, PT Kunzang said, “Our language is the most powerful instrument for preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. Students have a great responsibility to preserve the language as it our identity. LBA took various steps for the growth and development of local language “Bhoti” like organizing annual Bhoti class for students and publishing Bhoti language newspaper namely Sargyur.” He demanded inclusion of Bhoti language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution and creation of posts of Bhoti teachers.
Dolma Tsering, President Students Welfare Committee, CIBS Leh delivered vote of thanks.
Later, LBA submitted memorandum to DC Leh requesting the Prime Minister for the inclusion of Bhoti language in 8th schedule and creation of posts of Bhoti teachers.
Nominated Councillor Rinchen Lhamo, LBA Vice president Rinchen Namgyail, LBA Youth president Konchok Stak and students from different schools and locals were also present on the occasion.