Kosli language speakers raise pitch for official language status
The Kosli Ekta Manch celebrated Kosli Matrubhasa Divas on the occasion of the World Mother Language Day here on Tuesday.
Dr Arjun Purohit, a professor based in Canada, joined as chief guest, while Padmashree Dr Chaturbhuja Meher joined as the guest of honour. Manch president Gorekhnath Sahu presided over the function and executive president Baidyanath Mishra introduced the guests.
The speakers unanimously demanded that Kosli language should be recognised as the mother tongue of the people who speak it and included in the Scheduled 8 of the Indian Constitution. Besides, they also demanded that the language should be the second official language of Odisha.
The speakers rued that the State Government was not much sincere on development of human resource, natural resource and culture and language of the region of the Kosli speaking people.
Poet Haladhar Nag was given Koshal Ratna, while litterateurs Atal Buhari Panda, Srinibas Mishra and playwright Panchanan Mishrs were felicitated. A mouthpiece of the Manch ‘Jay Koshal’ was released on the occasion.