Concerns arise over declining interest in Bengali language amongst Northeast students
In a recent statement, the organisation called upon parents to actively encourage their children to embrace Bengali as a part of their education
The Uttar Purba Bangla Sahitya Sabha, a prominent Bengali literary organisation in the Northeast, has expressed deep concern over the diminishing interest of Bengali students in learning their mother tongue.
In a recent statement, the organisation called upon parents to actively encourage their children to embrace Bengali as a part of their education.
During its annual meeting held in Shillong, the organisation brought together writers, poets, intellectuals, journalists, professors, and lawmakers to discuss the current state of Bengali literature and the Bengali identity in the region.
Recognising the historical and cultural significance of Bengalis in the Northeast, the Sabha emphasised that the 1.5 crore Bengalis residing in the region are indigenous inhabitants who have long contributed to the diverse heritage of the undivided Assam, predating British colonialism.
The statement issued by the Uttar Purba Bangla Sahitya Sabha highlighted the distress caused by generalising all Bengalis as Bangladeshis.
Such labeling not only undermines the rich history and contributions of Bengalis in the Northeast but also perpetuates misconceptions and prejudices.
The organisation expressed its commitment to foster harmonious progress, protect diverse identities and cultures, and work collaboratively with other communities in the region.
To address the concerns at hand, the Sabha formed a 21-member coordination committee dedicated to promoting the use of the Bengali language and establishing strong relationships with other literary organisations in the region.
This initiative aims to revitalize the interest and appreciation for Bengali literature and language among the younger generation.