Nepali Language Recognition Day celebrated in Chakung

Gangtok, 20 Aug:

A constituency-level 27th Nepali Language Recognition Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm here at Government Senior Secondary School, Chakung in West Sikkim today in the presence of area MLA, HRDD Minister RB Subba, as chief guest, a press release informs.

During the function, litterateurs Dr Gopal Dahal, SR Khajum and PL Sharma, were felicitated by the organizing committee for their contributions to the field of Nepal language and literature and for their work in the Nepali Bhasa Andolan in India.

Minister Subba was also felicitated by the organising committee for playing a vital role in supporting the struggle for the constitutional recognition of Nepali language.

The event included a poetry recitation competition participated in by different schools of Soreng-Chakung constituency.

Manu Smiriti Panth of Tharpu SSS, Prerna Gurung of Siribadam SSS and Bidhan Sharma of Soreng SSS took the first, second and third places in the competition respectively.

In the Secondary School level essay competition, Anamika Sharma of Himalayan Academy and Riyal Mith Lepcha of Chakung SSS secured the first and second positions respectively while Janak Gurung of Sribadam SSS and Prasant Dangal of Mangsari SSS were tied for the third position.

A debate competition was also conducted today in which Soreng B.Ed. College spoke for the motion on the topic “Shikshako Madhyam Matribhasa Hunuparcha” while Chakung Science College spoke against the motion.

Soreng B.Ed. College was the winner of the competition with Arjun Sharma of Soreng B.Ed. College being adjudged the best speaker.

A wall magazine comprising of 64 Nepali poems written by Post Graduate Teacher [Hindi] of Chakung SSS, Khemraj Thangsingh, was also released by the chief guest.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister stressed on remembering former Chief Minister, late NB Bhandari, on the occasion of Nepali Language Recognition Day.

“For the recognition of Nepali language in the eight schedule of Indian Constitution, Dil Kumari Bhandari, also played a vital role,” said Mr Subba. Ms Bhandari was the Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim at the time.

The Minister also urged students of Sikkim to appear for UPSC exams in Nepali language.