New Delhi, Nov 18 (UNI) Several Mythili speaking people today firmly resolved to save their ancient language, culture and traditions from becoming extinct.
The Non-Resident Mythili people, who converged at Akhil Bharatiya Pravasi Mithila Vikas Sanghatan to observe the birth anniversary of 15th century Mythili poet Vidyapati, today deliberated on the plight of five crore Mythili speaking people spread across 18 districts of northern Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal who had to put up struggle to get the language included in the eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
Though the language is as old as Ramayana days and believed to be the mother tongue of mother Sita, it failed to get included as an official language because it had no script of its own and was considered as a dialect of Hindi. However, bowing to the pressures of the Mythili speaking people, the language got included as an official language in 2003.
Eminent educationist S K Chaudhary and Lok Sabha MP Veer Chand Paswan participating in the function exorted the Mythili speaking people to encourage their children to learn the language to pass on the traditions to the future generations. Eminent Mythili personalities, including Jaipur Dental College Director Rajkamal, noted journalist Arvind Kumar Singh, Lohiate Upendra Rai, former Bihar Press Adviser R K Raman, All India Regional Language Movement President Arvind Pathak and noted Gandhian Bhogendra Yadav were among those felicitated at the meeting.