BONGAIGAON, Jan 5 - Naba Sapkota, who is the adviser of the Asom Nepali Sahitya Sabha (ANSS), urged the members of the literary body to keep a close tab on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update process, which is presently under way in the State, in the collective interest of the Gorkha community.
He said so during his inaugural address at the Sabha�s main session on Monday at the Kajalgaon High School premises. The Sabha�s two-day 43rd central foundation day, which commenced on Sunday, ended on Monday.
Chief guest Dr Kabita Lama, Head of the Nepali Department in Sikkim Central University, Gangtok, in her speech presented a grim picture of Nepali language in Sikkim, as most of the youngsters are habituated to spike the language with English words and accent. She expressed her gratitude to the Gorkha people residing in Assam for speaking pure and grammatically correct Nepali language.
Though Nepali literature is originally rich in content, non-exchange of views and opinion between most of the writers and readers has acted as a spanner in the language gaining popularity among the Nepali masses, Dr Lama felt.
Besides honouring distinguished Nepali writers and Sahitya Academy awardees of the State, three different Nepali books were released at the session.
When compared to other communities, the Nepalis had contributed more in formation of the BTC, claimed Khampa Borgoyari, Deputy Chief of BTC in his public address, who called upon the community to protect their rich legacy along with promotion of their language.
Local MCLA Rwngwra Narzary praised the guests and office bearers of the Sabha for using only Nepali language in the session.
Appointed speaker and the vice president of the Sabha, Bhabani Prasad Sarma rued that despite free movement of citizens between India and Nepal, the Nepali speaking people living in Assam are often called foreigners, which is unacceptable. Under the revised constitutional provision, Nepalis were given citizenship in the country, he informed.
Keshab Basnet, president of the reception committee detailed the geography of Chirang district headquarter Kajalgaon in his welcome address.
Nepali girls and women showcased their colourful culture before the invited guests.