Fifth Asian Esperanto Congress from February 12

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Bangalore, Feb 9: More than 250 delegates from 30 countries are expected to participate in the Fifth Asian Esperanto Congress to be held here from February 12.

The delegates from Japan, Korea, Britain, Australia, Nepal besides India, will participate in the four-day Congress, Organising Committee spokesperson Mayasandra Suresh told newspersons here yesterday.Created by a Polish opthalmologist Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof in 1887, Esperanto, the planned language for international communication with a rich vocabulary enjoys consultative status with UNESCO, he said adding that Zamenhof had published the basic textbook ''Unua Libro'' (first book).

The inauguration will be attended by Prof Prabol Dasgupta, a noted Indian linguist, who has been elected as the President of World Esperanto Organisation, UEA (Universal Esperanto Association), Asian Esperanto Federation President Hori Yasuo and Indian Esperanto Federation President Dr Abdul Salam.

An exhibition depicting the origin and development of Esperanto, which has a history of more than 100 years will be organised during the Congress, he said adding to mark the occasion, the Indian Postal Department will release a special postal cover on the inaugural day.

The delegates at the Congress would deliberate on ways to popularise Esperanto in Multilingual Asian Continent.

Replying to a question, he said there were more than 30 million people who spoke in Esperanto language. In India, there were about 1,000 people who have learnt Esperanto.

''Esperanto is not competing with English, it is only a second language,'' he added.


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