Language A Unique Identity Of Every Community And Nation: VP Pun

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Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun has said language is a unique identity of every community and nation.

At the Mother Language National Poetry Festival-2078 BS organized by Nepal Academy and UNSECO on the occasion of International Mother Language Day on Monday, VP Pun asserted that no country develop and prosper without language since all historical works should be properly documented through the medium of language.

Pun said, “Nepal is home to more than hundred ethnic communities and is rich in language, art and culture among others. It is difficult to develop a country without developing language.”

Stating that around 40 per cent languages were on the brink of extinction, the VP underscored the need to preserve our languages, art, culture and unique traditions.

Expressing his concern over the Nepali language and other mother languages being on the verge of extinction due to excessive use of the English language, the VP viewed “It is good to learn any languages but it is not good to forget one’s unique language, art and culture.”

On a different note, VP Pun stressed on resolving the issues forging national consensus on some of the ongoing disputes in the country.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale opined that we could not imagine of any material related to history without languages and called for preservation of languages. “Language determines one’s original identity. Thus, the need of the hour is to preserve the languages that are on the verge of extinction.”

He also said the ministry was fully committed towards preservation and conservation of languages, arts and cultures of Nepal.

The national census in 2011 had enlisted 123 languages in Nepal. The Language Commission later added new six languages in 2019.

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