GUWAHATI, Sept 29 � In a significant development for the newspaper industry of the State, a bilingual Mising-Assamese fortnightly � Tani: Agom Esar (People�s Voice) � was released at a function held at the Guwahati Mising Murang Okum auditorium located at Japarigog here today.
Noted educationist and litterateur Prof Tabu Ram Taid released the fortnightly at the function, which was presided over by the president of the Guwahati city committee of the Mising Abang Kebang (Mising Sahitya Sabha), Krishna Ram Mili.
Releasing the fortnightly, Prof Taid, the founder president of the Mising Abang Kebang, said that earlier also efforts were made to publish journals in Mising language, like the Niro Migal published from Lakhimpur in 1957-58 and Abanari Billan published by the All Assam Mising Students� Union in 1960. These were journals and they could not survive for a longer period, he said.
He also observed that the Assamese script should have been accepted for the Mising language so as to make it easier for the common Mising people to understand the language. The Roman script now used to write the language is found to be difficult by many people, barring some members of the young generation, living particularly in urban areas, who are familiar with English, he said.
Praising the efforts made by the chief editor of the Tani: Agom Esar, Tuleswar Pegu, Taid also suggested that efforts should be made to transform the fortnightly into a daily.
President of the Guwahati Mising Kebang NN Taye said that the fortnightly should also have an Assamese version of its masthead.
Tuleswar Pegu said that refusal of a section of the print media to publish a news item concerning the grievances of the Mising people some time back made him resolve to publish a newspaper in Mising language.
He made an appeal to the Misings to develop the Mising language as a leading language of the world.