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GUWAHATI, Jan 23 - A number of experts on Tuesday discussed the �Archaic characteristics of Assamese script and its entry in Unicode� and said there was enough evidence proving the Assamese script�s uniqueness and archaic characteristics, which separated it from Bengali.

The issue was thoroughly discussed at a memorial lecture programme organised by the Sarat Chandra Sharma Prachyatattawa Adhyayan Kendra, commemorating the life and works of eminent scholar and litterateur Sarat Chandra Sarma.

Suggesting that the matter of Assamese script�s entry in the Unicode must be taken up by the State government through a strongly-prepared proposal and adequate pressure on the Central government, educationist Dr Satish Chandra Bhattacharyya said a public proposal can be sent to the State government to pave the way for a separate slot for the Assamese language.

Giving historical accounts and evidences suggesting the unique identity of the Assamese language, he added that other than the evidence found in the Dubarani and Nagajari village rock inscriptions, the rock inscriptions of Umachal Hill establish the presence of Assamese language in the fifth century.

Earlier, Kanak Chandra Sarma, general secretary of the Adhyayan Kendra, while delivering the welcome speech, said the Union government should put pressure on the BIS and the Unicode Consortium for Assamese script�s entry in Unicode to give a separate identity to the script, which it deserves. The event was presided over by noted litterateur Jatin Goswami.

Dr Satyakam Phukan, a general surgeon who is actively associated with the Assamese script�s Unicode movement, while addressing the gathering, expressed concern that due to extensive use of Sanskrit words in the Assamese language, the language is losing its own unique characteristics.

Phukan, who has done extensive research in the field, said Assamese, Bengali and Maithili are languages using similar scripts and having their own distinguished characteristics.

�Having its impact in the areas ruled under Kamrup, the Assamese script had its influence in Myanmar, Thailand and even Tibet,� he said.

Phukan also gave a detailed analysis of Assam�s journey towards getting a separate slot in Unicode. He also criticised Michael Everson of the Unicode for taking an unfavourable stand against the Assamese script. A number of other distinguished persons also spoke on the occasion.

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Call to recognise Assamese script�s uniqueness

GUWAHATI, Jan 23 - A number of experts on Tuesday discussed the �Archaic characteristics of Assamese script and its entry in Unicode� and said there was enough evidence proving the Assamese script�s uniqueness and archaic characteristics, which separated it from Bengali.

The issue was thoroughly discussed at a memorial lecture programme organised by the Sarat Chandra Sharma Prachyatattawa Adhyayan Kendra, commemorating the life and works of eminent scholar and litterateur Sarat Chandra Sarma.

Suggesting that the matter of Assamese script�s entry in the Unicode must be taken up by the State government through a strongly-prepared proposal and adequate pressure on the Central government, educationist Dr Satish Chandra Bhattacharyya said a public proposal can be sent to the State government to pave the way for a separate slot for the Assamese language.

Giving historical accounts and evidences suggesting the unique identity of the Assamese language, he added that other than the evidence found in the Dubarani and Nagajari village rock inscriptions, the rock inscriptions of Umachal Hill establish the presence of Assamese language in the fifth century.

Earlier, Kanak Chandra Sarma, general secretary of the Adhyayan Kendra, while delivering the welcome speech, said the Union government should put pressure on the BIS and the Unicode Consortium for Assamese script�s entry in Unicode to give a separate identity to the script, which it deserves. The event was presided over by noted litterateur Jatin Goswami.

Dr Satyakam Phukan, a general surgeon who is actively associated with the Assamese script�s Unicode movement, while addressing the gathering, expressed concern that due to extensive use of Sanskrit words in the Assamese language, the language is losing its own unique characteristics.

Phukan, who has done extensive research in the field, said Assamese, Bengali and Maithili are languages using similar scripts and having their own distinguished characteristics.

�Having its impact in the areas ruled under Kamrup, the Assamese script had its influence in Myanmar, Thailand and even Tibet,� he said.

Phukan also gave a detailed analysis of Assam�s journey towards getting a separate slot in Unicode. He also criticised Michael Everson of the Unicode for taking an unfavourable stand against the Assamese script. A number of other distinguished persons also spoke on the occasion.

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