Hindi not imposed on us but have been willingly adopted by people of the state said Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein while attending in the first ever Rajya Hindi Sammelan here at Late Dorjee Khandu Conventional Hall on Saturday.
Mein said that it is a matter of great pride for him to spend a quality time and be a part of the prestigious event. Arunachal Hindi Sansthan (AHS), an NGO working for the promotion of Hindi language and Devanagri script in the State is organising the Sammelan whose Chairman is Takam Sonia and Secretary is Tai Tugung.
He lauded the efforts of Arunachal Hindi Sanstha working for the promotion of Hindi Language – Raj Bhasha in the state and to connect with the mainland India.
“Hindi is a beautiful language to hear and when you listen to it you tend to keep listening to it”, said Mein and congratulated the endeavour of Arunachal Hindi Sanstha (AHS) in organising the prestigious event.
Mein expressed hope that the Sammelan will give a new direction to the promotion and expansion of Hindi in State.
The Dy CM said that there are many tribal dialects in the state which are on the verge of extinction and many have become endangered, Mein appealed the younger generation not to lose and forget their own mother tongue and local dialects but to preserve and promote them besides learning Hindi or English which is very essential in the pursuits of one’s career.
“In the entire North-eastern state, Arunachal Pradesh is a hotbed for research scholars”, said Mein and added that many foreign scholars have come to our state and some have even gone to remote places to document their research works on spiritual healing and many other works. I hope to see research scholars from among our own youths to document and conduct in depth interviews and research on the daily life activities of the various tribal people be it the Abotani, Mishmi or any other tribes to preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of state so that our younger generations do not forget our culture, tradition, activity of society, Mein added.
Mein said that when he was the Education minister, he had taken a decision to introduce the social study subject particularly on Arunachal Pradesh in both Hindi and English language which would have focus mainly on all the major and sub-tribes of State. The introduction of social study subject in our school in written form is necessitated to preserve, protect and promote the rich culture and traditions of all the tribes.
DCM also laid stress on protection and preservation of important historical places in State and said that government is committed to develop such historical places and this has been already announced in this budget. Mein said that museums are outstanding value to the humanity and has played major role to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the State.
While appreciating the suggestion for inclusion of traditional stories, folklores, local conventions, religious places tourist attractions etc of the State in the courses of Class I to Class VII put forth by Chairman of AHS in his welcome speech, DCM asked the organiser to submit the proposal in written form which shall be looked into and discuss in the highest policy making body.
He further said that he would invite and consult the members of Arunachal Hindi Sanstha in the budget meeting next year to take their suggestions and inputs before finalizing the Budget so that AHS also become contributors in shaping the roadmap for the development of the State and the Government.
He hoped that the launch of first edition Hindi Magazine-Arunoday Bhumi, will be a medium to identify the hidden talents among the younger generations and provide them the scope to contribute their poetry, stories and other developmental articles in the magazine.
Congratulating the organisers, Minister Art and Culture, Dr Mohesh Chai informed that the present government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu has been working tirelessly for the promotion of Raj Bhasha in the state.
He said that among the north-eastern states, Arunachal is the only state where young to old or people residing in villagers or towns feel proud to speak in Hindi. What is most important is that despite varied dialects in state, Hindi is commonly understood by all and express their feeling in Hindi. Taking the opportunity, he also thanked the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minster for allocating fund in last year budget 2017-18 for promotion and development of Hindi language in state.
Advisor of Arunachal Hindi Sanstha Tai Tagak, Professor from RGU Dr A.K.Pandey (Hindi dept), Chairman AHS Takam Sonia were among others to speak on the occasion
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein accompanied by Minister Art & Culture Dr Mohesh Chai, Chairman of Indigenous Affairs Nabam Atum and Advisor to HCM Tai Tagak launched the Hindi magazine- ‘Arunachal Bhoomi’ and the website of the organisation https://arunachalhindisansthan.org/ besides also felicitating the scholars who have contributed immensely in promoting Hindi in State.
Cultural performance by students, poem recitation by Dr Taro Sindik and animation video on Hindi Varnamala especially meant for the students were other highlights of the event.
Later interaction and poetry programme was also held.