Aizawl: In a bid to promote and preserve the Mizo vernacular language, the Mizo Academy of Letters (MAL) with the support of the Mizoram Journalists’ Association (MJA) on Thursday organised a workshop on Linguistic Harmony at Aizawl Press Club.
The event witnessed speeches and guidance from Mizo linguist professionals — Professor Laltluangliana Khiangte, president of MAL, and C Chhuanvawra, vice-president of the association. The inclusion of Mizo in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India was also discussed.
Professor Khiangte presented a paper where he spoke about the need for preserving the Mizo language in today’s digital world. He stressed that many Mizo youths — majority of whom are English medium educated — have deviated from using proper Mizo, resorting to the usage of slangs. He also added that many of the youths have taken to abbreviating the language to the point that the meanings become incomprehensible.
Since the 1974 Mizoram Official Language Act, the language has been used for all official purposes of the government of Mizoram at all levels. In 1997, the Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA) had decided for the inclusion of Mizo language in the eighth schedule and the issue was debated and passed in the state assembly. But efforts to convince the central government are still at a nascent stage. The professor also invited the journalists to play an active role in pushing for the inclusion of the vernacular language in the Eighth Schedule.
MAL vice-president C Chhuanvawra also presented a paper on the correct usage of Mizo and urged the state journalists to take a leading role in preserving and maintaining correct usage of the language.
The function was attended by renowned scholars from different colleges under Mizoram University, members of the Mizoram Journalists’ Association, writers and members of MAL.