Bhanu Jayanti celebrated in Gangtok
Gangtok, 13 Jul:
In a move aimed to give further impetus to the lingua franca of the state, Nepali language, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today announced that from this year the state government has appointed Nepali Graduate Teachers and from next year Primary Teachers for Nepali will also be appointed so that students do not have to opt for Hindi after class 10.
The CM announced this at the state level Bhanu Jayanti celebrations held in the capital today where he was the chief guest and Gangtok MLA, Pintso Chopel Lepcha was the guest of honor. The theme for this year's Bhanu Jayanti was "Jatiya Sadbhavana".
He also announced that a Bhanu Bhawan will be built in the capital and asked concerned stakeholders to look for suitable land.
"This will be a symbol of Sikkimese Nepalis," he stated.
The CM elucidated various measures meant for the upliftment of the language and stated that his government will take initiatives to further develop the Nepali language.
"In my long tenure as the CM I have extensively used the Nepali language delivering speeches for many hours," he said while highlighting the need to use the language in different levels of communications.
He also advocated that Nepali literature should be simple for easy access by common citizens and the youth.
The CM also expressed sadness on citizens ignoring institutions like Bhanu Udayan Kendra, Gyalshing and appealed to all Nepali speakers to conserve such collective resource.
Further the CM said that the State has been reaping rich democratic dividends with unique initiatives that link our traditions and belief with economy and tourism.
He highlighted Char Dham, Namchi, Siddhi Vinayak temple, Rhenock and upcoming Parshuram Dham and Asta Chiranjeevi Dham, Namthang as such initiatives.
"We Sikkimese can say it proudly that it's we who have built Char Dham and twelve Jyortilingas in one place," he said.
Addressing the identity crisis Indian Nepalese in general face, he said that people from outside always link the Indian Nepali to the country of Nepal which is disrespectful to the community.
The Chief Minister asked the community members not to be dependent on others for conducting research about the community and take ownership.
He also stated that there should be unanimity in addressing the Indian Nepali community with no confusion in the term used for the Nepali speaking people of India.
"We are lost in our own selves," he added.
He asked the community to take ownership as equal citizens of India and contribute as was done by Indian Nepalese throughout our history.
He also addressed the Bhutia Lepcha community and credited them for forming the identity of Sikkim.
However the CM rued that after the merger with the Indian Union it's the Sikkimese Nepalese who have been most ignored when it comes to the historical rights they enjoyed as the recognized three ethnic communities of Sikkim prior to merger.
He blamed the past government for such historical blunders like not granting tribal status to all Sikkimese despite the willingness of the Centre.
"Now we are not looking for criteria, we are demanding that our lost rights be reinstated and all Sikkimese Nepalese be granted tribal status," he said.
He asked the Sikkimese to shun caste, community and religion based politics and sincerely work towards the development goals.
Late Radhakrishna Sharma was awarded the prestigious Bhanu Puraskar posthumously. There was poetry recitation and felicitation of various poets and writers who have contributed to the Nepali literary scene in Sikkim. Those who were felicitated were Chunilal Ghimirey, Meena Subba, Kiran Rasaily, Uttam Pradhan, T Lachungpa, BK Rasaily, Bijay Bantawa and Hari Dhungel.