206th birth Anniversary of Famous Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya celebrated in Gorkhali Sudhar Sabha, Dehradun

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On 13th July 2020, 206th birth anniversary of a famous Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya (1814 – 1868) was celebrated in Gorkhali Sudhar Sabha, Dehradun. Due to prevailing pandemic situation the attendance was kept low as per orders of the local authorities and the precautionary measures such as social distancing were ensured throughout the ceremony.  Shri Bhanubhakta Acharya was the first Nepali scholar to have translated Ramcharitamanas in Nepali language. This achievement earned him the honor of the title “Adikavi”.

An award ceremony was held and the award itself was named as Shri Bhanubhakta Acharya Puraskaar, which was given to Lt. Col. (ret.) C. B. Thapa. Many talented students belonging to Gorkha community were provided support through Dr. Daljan Hamal, Dr. Sarita Hamal and other scholarships in this ceremony.

The special guests present there gave their valuable inputs on preservation and promotion of Nepali language and culture among the future generation of Indian Gorkhas. In India Nepali language is a constitutionally recognized language and it does have official language status in the states of Sikkim and West Bengal.  The relentless efforts of All India Nepali Bhasha Samiti (AINBS) formed in 1972 brought Nepali speaking Gorkha people of India under one umbrella and the language movement reached to a national scale. Bhartiya Nepali Rashtriya Parishad (BNRP) formed in 1990 succeeded AINBS and furthered the national movement for getting Nepali language a constitutional recognition and official status in India. This finally led to passing of the bill in the parliament of India in 1992 which included the provision of making Nepali an official language.

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