Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhanubhakta Dhakal has called for preservation and promotion of mother tongue languages, arguing that the country would become strong only if the mother tongue languages and originality of the country remain strengthened.
Addressing a seminar organized by the Nepal Academy in association with the UNESCO on the occasion of the International Mother Tongue Day-2021, Minister Dhakal pledged government support to implement programmes that promote mother tongues of the country.
Pressing for a need to preserve the mother tongue languages round the year rather than on special occasions, Dhakal argued that many countries had come into existence due to the prevalence of mother tongue languages. According to him, failure to preserve mother tongue would cause existential threat to countries.
The Nepal Academy had organized ‘National Poem Competition in Mother Tongue’ on Sunday to mark the International Mother Tongue Day-2021.
Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun on the inaugural had called for preservation and promotion of various mother tongues in the country.
There were more than 123 languages found spoken according to the census in 2011. The Language Commission had later identified eight new languages, taking the total count to 131.
Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Uprety said that the Nepal Academy was seriously working towards preservation and promotion of various mother tongues in the country and literary items penned on various local languages in the country.
The Academy had received 154 poems written in various 56 languages. Among them, 70 were selected for recitation, informed Chief of Mother Tongue Literature Department, Laxmi Mali.
In the seminar, poets had recited their creations in several languages such as Rai, Majhi, Thami, Tamang, Limbu, Rajbanshi, Urdu, Tharu among others.
Source: National News Agency Nepal