FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
IMPHAL March 23: MEELAL, an organisation which has been working overtime all these years for the reintroduction of the Mannipuri script has asked the jourlists and editors’ groups to ensure that from the first week of April all vercular newspapers in the state publish one full page of news in the Manipuri script. Now these newspapers publishs a small newsitem in the script. In the 18th century Vaishva was forced on the unwilling people with the active cooperation of the despots of the kingdom. The missiories also saw to it that the Manipuri script was replaced by the Bengali one. The Manipuris cannot pronounce several Bengali alphabets and the language has no use for several alphabets.
The campaign was complicated and delayed as some scheming persons came out with false scripts. The government had eventually accepted the genuine one and this is being taught in the schools. For the first time students of class 12 could appear in the Manipuri language examition in this script. All students today cannot read the newspapers and books published in the Bengali sfript.
MEELAL says that it will ban Manipuri newspapers published in Bengli sfript if they refuse to publish one full page in the Manipuri script.
It asked distributors and paper boys to boycott such newspapers.