“The Government is often blamed and criticized for creating division among the various communities but in fact the Government is creating opportunities for the protection and propagation of language, culture and tradition of the various communities.” Pawan Chamling
Gangtok: Jan. 1, 2011
State Level celebration of 107th Birth Anniversary of Limboo literary figure and historian Iman Singh Chemjong was held at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok on 1st of January 2011. The day long programme was organized by Yakthung Sapsok Saplon Chumbho(YSSC), Sikkim(Limboo Literary Publication Association, Sikkim). Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was the Chief Guest and eminent literary figure and Chancellor of Nepal Pragya Pratisthan Til Bikram Nembang “Bairagi Kaila” was Special Guest. Shri Nembang was awarded with Iman Singh Chemjong Award for his works on the protection and preservation of Limboo language, tradition and culture. He was honoured with a shawl, citation and a souvenir.
While addressing the gathering at Chintan Bhawan the Chief Minister said that the Government is often blamed and criticized for creating division among the various communities but in fact the Government is creating opportunities for the protection and propagation of language, culture and tradition of the various communities. This, he said, has to be seen from positive angle. People around the globe are fighting for their language, cultural and traditional identity but here the Government is coming forward to preserve it for them, he added.
The Chief Minister also highlighted various projects undertaken by the Government for the protection of Limboo language, culture and tradition and assured that Srijunga Study Centre in West Sikkim will be completed by this year. Mr. Chamling also sanctioned in principle the construction of Chemjong Bhawan in West Sikkim which was the demand made by the President, YSSC in his address. The Chief Minister also condoled the demise of Padam Singh ‘Apatan’ and said that his contributions in Sikkimese society is manifold.
Shri Nembang talked about the history of the development of Limboo language and Literature. He said that development of Limboo language and literature revolved around Nepal, Kalimpong and Sikkim and in this modern era Sikkim has been an epicenter for the development of Limboo language and literature. He also congratulated the association for its various activities in the development of Limboo language and literature.
One minute silence was observed in the name of the departed soul of L. Padam Singh ‘Apatan’. The programme also witnessed release of various books, Magazines and cassettes by the Chief Guest.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)