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Protecting our language is protecting our lives- Prof. V. Madhusoodanan Nair
Many of the Indian languages are facing the danger of extinction, and the death of a language is the loss of identity of the people and their lives, said renowned poet Prof. V. Madhusoodanan Nair. To protect a language is to protect life of a people. He was inaugurating the official language conference of the Rubber Board at Kottayam.
In olden days, more than two thousand languages were spoken on the American continent, including the languages of the Mayas and the Red Indians. Now, there are only seventy five languages in America. Language is the sound and expression of the collective conscience and memory of a people. Malayali men and women do not have suitable words to address each other. In Tamil, there are words like ‘Ayya’ and ‘Amma’ for the purpose. This limitation is because of the cultural and life style differences of the people. We have to borrow words like ‘Sir’ and ‘Madam’ from English. When the language and culture of a people gets conquered by those of another, the former loses their identity.
The measures taken by the Central Government for promoting and popularizing Hindi is commendable. Though Malayalam has been declared as a classical language, such promotional measures are not available for its implementation at official levels. The programmes of the Central Government for promoting Hindi are worthy of emulation by Kerala in promoting Malayalam, Sri. Madhusoodanan Nair said.
Sri. Viju Chacko, Secretary-in-charge & Finance Director of the Rubber Board presided over the function. Sri. N. Rajagopal, Director (Processing and Product Development) and Smt. P. Sudha, Director (Training) offered felicitations. Sri. M.G. Sathees Chandran Nair, Deputy Director (Publicity and Public Relations) welcomed the gathering and Sri. G. Sunil Kumar, Assistant Director (Official Language) proposed a vote of thanks.
Prizes to winners of various competitions conducted in connection with Hindi month celebrations were also distributed by Prof. V. Madhusoodanan Nair on the occasion. The awards for commendable implementation of Hindi in the offices were awarded to the Regional Offices at Palakkad and Thalassery and Licensing Division, Kochi.