Itagar, April 1: Aruchal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chow Mein has said that Hindi has not been imposed on the State but people have adopted the language out of their own will.
Gracing the first ever Rajya Hindi Sammelan held at Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre here on Saturday, Mein said that it was a matter of great pride for him to spend a quality time and be a part of the prestigious event.
Mein lauded the efforts of the Aruchal Hindi Sansthan (AHS), an NGO working for the promotion of Hindi language and Devagari script in the State.
“Hindi is a beautiful language to hear and when you listen to it you tend to keep listening,” said Mein while hailing the endeavour of the AHS and expressed hope that the Sammelan will give a new direction to the promotion of Hindi in the State,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
There are many tribal dialects in the State that are on the verge of extinction and appealed to the younger generation not to forget their own mother tongue but to preserve and promote them, besides learning Hindi or English which is very essential in the pursuit of one’s career, Mein said. “In the entire Northeastern State, Aruchal Pradesh is a hot-bed for research scholars,” said Mein.
“I hope to see research scholars from among our own youth to document and conduct in-depth research on the daily life activities of various tribal people be it the Abotani, Mishmi or any other tribes to preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of the State,” he added.
Stressing on preservation of important historical places in the State, the Deputy CM said the government is committed to develop such historical places and that has been already been announced in the current fiscal budget.
While appreciating the suggestion for the inclusion of folklores, local conventions, religious places of tourist attractions, among others of the State in the courses of class I to VII put forth by AHS chairman, Mein asked the organizer to submit the proposal in written form which shall be looked into and discuss in the highest policy making body.