I speak, you speak, we speak…what?
The recent finding of language known as Koro (in West Kameng) by David Harrison and
his associates is a kind of breakthrough into the richness of linguistic diversity
of Northeast and Arunachal Pradesh in particular. I feel this research finding (though
preliminary one) will definitely add a new feather to linguists who are on a quest
to save fast dwindling of languages which are on “Endangered list” of UNESCO. We,
the people of Arunachal Pradesh and the Aka community in particular should welcome
it with open mind and take it in a positive way.
This is the beauty of nature that everything has its own uniqueness. Language being
one of its manifestations is unique on its own. Inherently, no language is either
“superior” or “inferior”. It is just a matter of time. English was never before as
of what it is today. It has developed through time and space, and today it has acquired
prestige only because it has travelled across the nations and spread its tentacles.
If English can, then, why can’t our language? Only, what we need is a change of attitude
towards our language. A little due and respect for our own language is the need of
When a child utters a word “MAA” for the first time, how every member of the family
start rejoicing. Parents are happy because a child can now perceive and feel the
world in which she or he lives. In fact, language is a window to the world outside.
It is through language that we learn nitty-gritty of the world in which we live.
We need to appreciate this fact that language is an important asset for a human society.
It fosters the socio-cultural development- including affirmation of identity, expression
of socio-cultural knowledge and values, and enrichment of culture. It is said that
“If a language dies, the indigenous knowledge system of that particular community
also dies along”. The language is the “storehouse” of knowledge and expression of
one’s own identity. It is the crux of human civilization without which no human progression
is possible whether socially, politically or economically.
To be a unified society, it should have a strong-based language system working within
as well as outside of its social set up. A language must be a living one i.e., it
should grow and expand in terms of its wider usage. In other words, it should have
a good number of its functional vocabularies for practical usage. Languages are rich
only when they have a sufficient number of vocabularies used in wider perspective.
The vocabulary reflects the state of the language: the richer and more diversified
the vocabulary, the richer and more developed the language is. What about our language?
Does it live up to that level? How can we promote and develop our language? Do we
want our language to perish like a flower in the wilderness; unknown and unattended?
A parentless child! No one to care for! Whom are we waiting for? If not we then
who else can breathe life to our language?
Very often, we tend to overlook many things in life. Likewise, we always say, “I
speak, you speak, we speak, and then where is the question of losing one’s language.”
It is still very much alive! It’s in my very nature of being. Like typical Hindi
filmi dialogue we say “Mere Nas Nas Mein Base Hain. Kiska Himmat Hain Jo Mujhse Juda
Kar Sake.” You are right! No one has the right to snatch away from you. It’s your
birthright to preserve and protect your language. But somebody strongly pointed out
“Use it or lose it”. Here, I worry a little. Frankly speaking, many of us do fail
to utter even a single sentence without being stumbled between two to three words
per sentence. Yet we claim that we know our language better. How wonderful! Isn’t
it? Definitely, we know, but what is wrong if we know better than what we think that
we know better. Is there any problem? I am sure, not! So why not then…at least give
a second thought.
Death doesn’t come to language the way as it comes to human being. No hue and cry
to signal the death of a language. No language will tell you that “Hey man! I am
dying, could you please save me…” It dies in silence and enters grave with no church
bell to ring for its mourning. Like Koro there may be many more languages buried
unnoticed in the name of “One Language and One Culture”. In fact, this is a wakeup
call for us. We should appreciate David Harrison and his colleagues for their research
findings and Koro people in particular for preserving and maintaining their linguistic
distinctiveness though culturally they merged with the greater Aka community. This
is what our Arunachal Pradesh is all about with host of possibilities and blessed
with incredible beauty and richness in all forms of life. If one travels across the
length and breadth of Arunachal Pradesh, we can find that every village has its own
unique cultural manifestations besides being part of the greater community. No one
can deny this fact but has to accept this reality and allow every language community
to live in peace and harmony.
Now, the time is ripe for us to wake up for good. Whether minor or major, prestige
or non-prestige, written or unwritten, every language should be given due importance.
Let us not take it for granted and neglect our language in lieu of so called developed
languages. Remember that our language is also as beautiful as maiden and as rich
as Croesus. If it makes sense, then we need to capitalize our resources to overcome
the challenges faced by the linguistic minority communities of present generation.
To have a good number of written texts (literatures, books, dictionaries, etc) is
no more just a matter of prestige alone, but essential requirements to meet up the
present crisis of our language. We cannot afford to be left behind and curse our
fate and assert that we are helpless. But, we need to stand up and ascertain our
self-identity through the medium of language and shed the cloth of oblivion.
Every one of us should make an earnest effort to preserve our heritage language and
thereby enhances the prestige of our respective “Mother Tongues” spoken in different
parts of our state. We must put our sincere efforts to envisage the future of our
language in a way we all want it to be. Thus, let’s start a humble beginning for
the greater ending. (The contributor is from Central Institute of Indian languages,
Mysore. He can be reached at [email protected])
Farmers Club inaugurated
ITANAGAR. Oct 12: Dissing-Passo Farmers Club was formally inaugurated by Sanjay Borthakur,
Prog. Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), East Kameng, at Dipik village under
Dssing-Passo circle of East Kameng district on October Nine last.
Attending the programme, KVK scientists Binod Kolita (agronomist), Satyendra Kumar
(fishery) spoke about benefit of using technology in agriculture, fish farming, horticulture
etc. and encouraged farmers present on the occasion to adopt modern technologies
to enhance production.
A technical session was also conducted by resource persons from KVK where farmers,
PRI members, GBs, public and representatives from various SHGs were present.
Over 60 farmers from Dipik, Lower Dikalmukh, Upper Dikalmukh, Upper Baliso, Passo
and Lower Baliso villages attend the function present on the occasion.
ESDP on Computer
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: The branch MSME Development Institute, Itanagar would organize
an Entrepreneurship skill development programme on ‘computer basic application’ for
unemployed educated youth at M/s Indian Computech, Koloriang, Kurung Kumey district
from October 19 to 29.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Puyu Panchayat Youth Welfare Association and Public constructed
a temporary bridge over Puyu River recently.
ITANAGAR, Oct 13: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has demanded that
CCTV camera should be fitted in all check posts throughout the state.
Claiming that many criminals from neighbouring state like Assam are easily entering
into Arunachal, AAPSU president TakamTatung has called up on state government to
immediately fit CCTV camera to track movement of people entering into Arunachal.
“There is urgent need to install CCTV camera in all check posts. This will go a long
way in tracking movements of criminal entering state. Also record will be useful
to track any persons, if he/she tries to flee after committing some heinous crime
in the state,” Tatung stated.
AAPSU has also demanded that an emergency ambulance service specially meant for accident
victim should be launched. Stating that daily accidents take place in NH-52(A), AAPSU
has asked for dedicated ambulance to run in this stretch which should be fitted with
latest life saving technology.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Tawang District Students Union (ATDSU) general secretary Urgen
Dorjee on behalf of the Union apologized to the Minister WRD, Chief Minister, concerned
people and the readers regarding the press release on transfer issued by the Union.
He declared that no proof has been found against the allegations and assured that
such mistake will not be repeated in future.
Hopes afloat on Yangte PHC
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Niringha under Yangte circle of
Kurung Kumey district Biri Joy, on behalf of the people of Yangte circle, has praised
district medical officer (DMO) Dr. Higio Tama for taking initiative to make the defunct
Yangte PHC functional. He appealed to the people of the circle to extend cooperation
to the DMO for further improving health facility in their area.
Farmers Club inaugurated.
ITANAGAR: Believe it or not ! But it is true that the very existence of offices and
their proper addresses of many state and national political parties in Arunachal
Pradesh are even not known by the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). And it has
created a lot of problems to the CEO in making correspondences with those political
While informing this interesting fact, the CEO, in a release, asked those political
parties, including registered, unrecognized/recognized one, to furnish their proper
office addresses, name of political parties with president and secretary, e-mail
address and phone numbers, if any, at CEO office immediately!
NCP condemns demolition
ITANAGAR: Condemning the reported vandalisation of two Churches in Hyuliang under
Anjaw district on Oct 7, NCP Vice President Tad Tana urged the state Govt to immediately
book the culprits and award exemplary punishment to them.
While applauding the contribution of Churches in the field of education, health and
social awakening in the state, the party also urged the Govt to extend equal benefit
to the churches who are running the schools and health centres in remotest areas
of the state.
Union for proper ILP checking
ITANAGAR: All Capital Complex Contract Worker’s Union (ACCCWU) today handed over
five labourers who had turned up in their office without proper documents. When the
labourers came to their office for registration, ACCCWU President Kipa Simi found
that labourers were carrying fake ILP documents and handed them over Naharlagun police
station. Further ACCCWU appealed the authorities to check ILP of all labourers working
in various construction site of capital complex.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO), in a letter to the Commissioner,
Education, has demanded immediate suspension of Upper Subansiri DDSE for his alleged
According to ATYO release, the DDSE has allegedly procured CGI sheets meant for poor
and down trodden children of backward district by misusing his office and power.
While demanding for immediate replacement of the DDSE with a new one, ATYO appealed
to the Commissioner Education to constitute an inquiry committee to find out the
fact. The association further threatened to launch democratic movement if the authority
fails to initiate action against the erring officials as demanded by it within 20
ITANAGAR: Binny Yanga, Chairperson, Oju Welfare Association, Naharlagun has been
nominated as member of National Khadi and Village Industries Board.
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Siktum Yudik and Rotik Kena have been elected as President and
General Secretary of Dumporijo, Gusar, Baririjo Collegians’ Forum along with Lungam
Ric and Gengam Marde as its women Wing President and Secretary General in its 2nd
conference cum election held recently.
NESO Secretary General Gumjum Haidar and former Secretary General DSU Madin Dugi
attended the programme as chief guest and guest of Honour.
ASM Rodak Tadek and ASM Yura Tachu have been selected as Chairman and General Secretary
of newly formed Tali Block Co-ordination Committee, Kurung Kumey District in a meeting
ITANAGAR, Oct 12: Kuru Taming Uru of Hija village deeply mourned the sudden demise
of Dani Karu, who died on October 11 at Ziro after brief illness.
He is survived by two daughters and a son and grand children. The members prayed
for the eternal peace of the departed soul.