Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Wednesday expressed concern for the protection of Mizo languages especially “Duhlian language” which is a lingua franca or common language of all Mizo tribes.
Addressing a three day national seminar on writing in Mizo manuscripts here in Aizawl, Lal Thanhawla said that Duhlian language served as a bond for unity and strength of all Mizo tribes and stressed the importance of writers’ role in promoting the language.
He said that the Mizo tribes are one of the worst affected victims of the British’s ‘divide and rule policy.’ “Though we have been badly affected by the British’s divide and rule policy, we are fortunate that we can communicate in one language that is ‘Duhlian.’ Almost all Zo descendants living in neighbouring Myanmar, Bangladesh and three states in Northeast India- Assam, Manipur and Tripura understand and speak Duhlian language which make us united in one,” he said.
He however, expressed concern about the growing usage of corrupted version of Mizo language among the present generations.
“Massive efforts should be taken to ensure that correct Duhlian language is continued to be protected and reformed,” he said.
He also asked Mizo writers to maintain objectivity while writing Mizo history.
Lal Thanhawla further said that the state government is taking earnest effort to include Mizo language under 8th schedule of the Indian constitution.
He expressed strong endorsement towards the organizers for having organized national seminar on writing in Mizo manuscripts and suggested them to invite other Zo descendants in other parts of the world if such event are held in the future.
A three day national seminar on writing in Mizo manuscripts which begun at Synod Conference Centre in Mission veng locality of Aizawl today was organized by Department of Mizo, Mizoram university in association with National Mission For Manuscripts, IGNA, New Delhi.
The event was inaugurated by a 107 year-old church elder Rochhinga, who is known to be the oldest among church leaders, while Prof. Laltluangliana Khiangte, Head & Coordinator chaired the programme and elaborated about the purpose of the seminar on behalf of National Mission For Manuscripts, IGNA. The event was addressed by Rev. Lalnghinglova, who is known to be the oldest living ordained pastor in Mizoram as well as J. Malsawma, a Padma Shri awardee known to be the oldest writers in Mizoram.
Lal Thanhawla who graced the event as chief guest released “Theory of Literature”, a text book of Bachelor of Arts (BA) under Mizoram University, while J. Malsawma also released ‘An album of books’, which is a collection of books written by Prof. Laltluangliana Khiangte on the occasion.