FROM A CORRESPONDENT
AGARTALA, July 6: Intellectuals and linguists expressed grave concern over the poor performance of a gigantic initiative to save the endangered languages across the country especially in the Northeast India. Addressing a seminar here they stressed the need for involving more people from the communities who speaks in these languages to save their mother tongue.
The seminar titled ‘The silence of dying voices: Literatures on the verge of extinction in India’s Northeast and the world’ was organised by the English department of the Tripura Central University in collaboration with North-East Centre for Oral Tradition and the Sahitya Academy.
As per UNESCO atlas of the World’s languages in danger 2009, India has 196 languages including 80 in Northeast facing extinction threat. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to set up separate department in all the central universities to save 100 languages that are fast vanishing.
Inaugurating the seminar the vice-chancellor of the Tripura Central University Anjan Kumar Ghosh lamented for lack of co-operation from government as well as private sector to save the dying languages. He said people will have to take the responsibility to save their own language and it is not possible for the outsiders. He also stressed the need for digital preservation of endangered languages and the literatures of the region.
Sylvenus Lamare, advisor of the North-East Centre for Oral Tradition, said if we are to save the marginal and dying languages we are to do it now. Because it is too late and after ten years it will have no meaning.
Satya dao Podder, who addressed the seminar as guest of honour, said the cultural traditions of the small tribes of this region are facing serious threat. He said considering the importance of these cultures and their literatures special initiative must be taken to save them. It is important to save
the cultural diversity of our country. Omkar Sadhan Adhikari, registrar of the university elaborated some of the initiatives taken to save the endangered languages.