How about school kids from Jammu and Kashmir speaking the Bodo language fluently? Well, three students – Arsalna, Lavanya and Farida – of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Humhama in J&K spoke the basics of the Bodo language during their school week.
This was part of “Bhasha Sangam” under the programme “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” to celebrate the spirit of national integration.
Arsalna, Lavanya and Farida greeted the fellow students by saying the Bodo word “khulumbai” which means “namaskar”. They also uttered sentences like “what is your name”, “How are you”, “thank you” etc in the Bodo language.
According to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), “Bhasha Sangam marks the unique symphony of languages of our country and is an expression of our shared dreams, hopes and aspirations for one India”.
The Bhasha Sangam initiative under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat ushers in a programme for schools and educational institutions to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. This initiative is just the beginning of a journey meant to create interest in these languages and a curiosity to learn more. It will be followed by other activities subsequently, the MHRD says.
Given the mistrust among various communities in Assam, there is a feeling that if the same thing can be replicated in the schools in Assam, it will help promote brotherhood.
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