Script issues of Kokborok


Script issues of Kokborok

The issue of which script to use for the Kokborok language continues to provoke political controversy.

Background

The line of the Ganamukti Parishad of Dasarath Deb was that Bengali script ought to be used for the language. That policy is the one implemented by the Left Front government in Tripura. The ethno-nationalist opposition, such as INPT, advocates usage of Latin script.

Since 1900 AD started with the pioneer in Tripuri/Kokborok Radhamohan Thakur, till recently most of the literary work had largely been done in Bengali Script. There have also been attempts to create an entirely new script for the language. The most notable one was constructed by Alinda Tripura. It is however, not in use.

Recent developments

But recently in the last two decades a substantial amount of Kokborok literature has been in the Roman (Latin) Script. In 2004 a statewide movement called Movement for Kokborok was launched by various organisations and societies in Tripura, prominently by Kokborok tei Hukumu Mission and Twipra Students Federation demanding the inclusion of Kokborok at the University level and its adoption as an Official language of India (which had been accorded to its sister language Bodo recently). The case for Roman Script has been widened by the fact that the largest dictionary in the language has been published by KOHM in it from 1995 onwards and got a bigger second edition in 2003. The Dictionary has become a somewhat official reference of the Tripuri people for Kokborok words and usage.

Movement for Kokborok

The Movement for Kokborok organised a national seminar in 2004 which was held at Sukanta Academy, Agartala and had speakers from various Central Universities and Institutes of India advocating the use of Roman Script for Kokborok and also on issues for its speedy development in Education for earlier recognition by the Central Government. The issue however remains politically sensitive.

In education

The state Government have been teaching in the schools at secondary, higher secondery and at college level in Bengali script only. The Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council meanwhile has adopted the Roman Script in the schools run by it in two-thirds of the state since 1992.

See also

* [http://k.1asphost.com/borok/bengali_script.asp An article on the script politics]


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