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Shurhozelie stresses on developing language

(L-R) Former TCU president W.C Krome, President TPO Z M Sekhose, President Ura Academy Dr Shurhozelie and President Naga Hoho Keviletuo during TPO presidential council meeting at Conclave Conference Hall. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUNE 15(NPN):
Published on 16 Jun. 2010 12:16 AM IST
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President Ura academy and minister for urban development and higher education Dr Shurhozelie on Tuesday said Nagamese dialect will one day ‘swallow up’ Naga languages if Naga languages were not developed.
“Nagas have become careless and instead of developing their own languages, have picked up Nagamese”, therefore it is high time for Nagas to introspect. He said this while briefing on the importance of 2011 Census and developing Tenyidie language during Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization (TPO) presidential council meeting held at the Conclave Conference Hall, LCS Building.
There are more than 6000 languages in the world and many are disappearing at the rate of one language daily according to expert historian, he said while citing various examples of languages which were on the verge of disappearing.
Stressing on the importance of Tenyidie language, Shurhozelie said that Tenyimi should discuss on the merit and de-merit of Tenyidie. He also briefly highlighted the history and development of Tenyidie language and reminded that a memorandum was submitted to the Government of India in 2004 for inclusion of Tenyidie in the eight scheduled which the then TCU has actively pursued the matter.
Further, he highlighted the importance and benefit of the inclusion of Tenyidie in the eight scheduled and reminded that it will not only benefit in the academic field but to the younger generation who can appear UPSC examination with one subject in Tenyidie.
On the other hand, he also pointed out the 41st report of the Linguistic Minority Commission which had projected very poor percentage of languages in the state including Tenyidie and expressed his concerned. In this regard, he mooted that if the Tenyimi all put together, the percentage of Tenyidie could easily achieve 35%-40% and pointed out that 2011 census is a very good opportunity. He further urged upon the Tenyimi to write Tenyidie as their mother tongue in the census 2011. “We don’t loss anything if we write Tenyidie as our mother tongue,” he added.
The meeting also deliberated in length the continuing problem of land encroachment inside Ntangki National Park and reiterated its earlier resolutions to preserve the Ntangki National Park and also viewed the stay order issued by the High Court in favour of the land encroachers as highly irregular as the encroacher had neither obtained permission for settlement from the government or from the land owner.
Naga Hoho president, Keviletuo who also spoke on the occasion expressed strong opposition to any encroachment inside the Ntangki National Park and reiterated the need to protect and preserve it for the future generation. He also pointed out that the Naga civil society including the Naga Hoho and ENPO had earlier resolved to protect and preserve the Ntangki national park.
The meeting was chaired by TPO Vice President Keku Zeliang and the formal meeting started with invocation pronounced by W.C.Krome while welcome addressed was delivered by TPO President Z.M Sekhose.

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