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Importance of culture and mother tongue
Published on 12 Oct. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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A Tenyidie workshop was held on Saturday at North Town Higher Secondary School, Chumukedima. Dr D. Kuolie, the HoD of Tenyidie Department, Nagaland University and three other Tenyidie lecturers were the resource persons for the workshop.
Speaking at the inaugural session on the topic “What is this Tenyidie that we study about?” Kuolie touched upon several vital points on Tenyidie and the development that is taking place.
He stated that efforts are being made by Ura Academy and Tenyimia Peoples Organization to include Tenyidie in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution. In order to realize this dream, he urged upon all Tenyimias to enter the word ‘Tenyidie’ against the column for ‘Mother tongue’ in the ongoing Indian census instead of writing Angami, Chokri, Khezha, Rengma, Zeliangrong, Mao etc.
Er. K. Kruse, chairman of the school’s managing board while delivering the keynote address stated the main purpose in organizing the workshop was to highlight the importance of culture and our mother tongue - Tenyidie for Tenyimia students and to create inspiration for the subject among students and teachers and expressed hope that this workshop would make a visible difference.
He further stated that Nagas are fond of speaking big things like “Sovereignty”, “to be a nation” and so on but don’t seem to be bothered about things needed to be done to realize that dream.
He lamented that today’s trend where families converse in Nagamese instead of their mother tongue is dangerous and that people should give a serious thought on this and see that Naga culture is preserved and not allowed it erode further.
A total of 140 teachers, students and special invitees attended the workshop.
The workshop started with a prayer by Rev Lhouzoviu Shüya, president of ABCC; welcome speech by B. B. Chetri and vote of thanks by Salhoutuonuo Kruse, proprietor of the school.
The inaugural session was chaired by Kuopielie Kruse, headmaster of the school.

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