Agartala, Jan 19: Tripura celebrated 42nd Kokborok Day (recognizing the tribal dialect) today with colourful programmes across the state with a call to promote and preserve the language at state level in the midst of controversy over its script and demands of inclusion in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.
This day is chosen to commemorate recognition of Kokborok as an official language in 1979.
The Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma, Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kr Jamatia and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath greeted the Kokborok speaking people and reasserted that BJP-IPFT government is committed to the development of the language and the tribal society.
They took part in the colourful procession with traditional attire of Kokborok-speaking people in the capital city in the morning and covered all major roads and junctions. The traditional dress and culture was demonstrated in procession where the Chief Minister and others took part.
Speaking in the gathering on the occasion, Mr Deb said that his government has been working for inclusive development of indigenous life, culture, tradition, dress, food and rituals. The unique life and culture of the indigenous population of Tripura is distinct in the world and the state government wanted to monetize it. (UNI)