Itanagar: Emphasising on the importance of preservation of mother language, Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Pasang D Sona on Monday called upon the people especially youths to preserve and protect mother language which is under serious threat due to changing situations.
Speaking at a programme organised by Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) in collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Itanagar at Chimpu here on the occasion of ‘International Mother Language Day’, Sona said, “Mother language is the route map of our culture because it tells us who we are, where we have come from and where we are heading to.”
“Loss of culture is loss of identity, similarly loss of language is the greatest loss any society can suffer. Learning other languages is good as it connects the people, but one should never forget their own mother language as it is our identity,” he said.
Stating that since the world is becoming a global village as people from different races are coming together, and owing to which mother languages are at stake, the Speaker called upon the people of the state particularly parents to ensure that their kids learn their own language.
“Until and unless you know your own language or dialect you won’t be able to follow your culture,” Sona said while adding that language is directly connected to one’s culture and identity.
He also pitched for documentation of mother language for future generations.
APLS executive president Batem Pertin also spoke on the occasion. He dwelt at length about the challenges, consequences and other issues pertaining to mother language in the state.