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Khasi Authors Society wants state to pursue language issue

Shillong, May 3: The Khasi Authors Society (KAS) wanted the state government to pursue with the Centre for the inclusion of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

Dr DRL Nonglait, who was re-elected as the KAS president, told reporters on Tuesday after the general meeting that they have unanimously decided to seek a status report from the state government and its political department on the demand for inclusion of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule.

“We will also soon meet the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma so that the state government can pursue with the Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs for inclusion of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution,” he said.

The general meeting was not held since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new office bearers of the society are Dr KD Ramsiej, vice president, Dr RP Kharshiing, general secretary, Dr R MM Khymdeita, joint secretary and P Kharshiing, finance secretary.

Nonglait said the KAS has selected six scholars and researchers to prepare documentation on Khasi language with regards to drama, literature, arts, music or any other forms of communication based on the Khasi language.

He said the documentation will help the Khasi language to get the recognition it deserved.

Further, Nonglait said that the society is in the process of coming up with a Khasi dictionary and this project will be completed within three years.

According to him, the proposed dictionary will help the youths, the public and the upcoming generation to have a better knowledge on the proper use of Khasi words in day to day life especially for academic purposes.

The KAS has decided to continue with the ‘KAS Award’ for those who score the highest mark in Khasi language subject in class X and B.A honours in Khasi.

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