NGO says ‘sorry’ after ‘Nepali is not an Indian language’ comment angers Gorkhas


A member of the All India Women’s Conference recently banned a group of artists from Kalimpong in Bengal from performing the national anthem in Nepali at an event, saying it is not an Indian language .

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The All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), an NGO, has issued an “unconditional apology” for a recent incident where one of its members banned female participants from West Bengal from performing a Nepali song at an event while claiming it was not an Indian language. .

The apology came after members of the Gorkha community condemned the remark and threatened to take legal action against the organization if an apology was not issued within 24 hours.

In a press release, Bharatiya Gorkha Yuva Parisangh said AIWC executive member Chandra Prabha Pandey rejected contributions sent in by artists from Kalimpong district in West Bengal for an event marking Azadi Ka celebrations. Amrit Mahotsav. The Parisangh said attendees were “grossly reprimanded” by Pande that “we cannot perform shows in non-Indian languages”.

When AIWC secretary Kalimpong explained that Nepali is an Indian language and is also known as “Gorkha Bhasa”, Pandey stubbornly stood by and argued that she could not allow the inclusion of the national anthem sung in Nepali as “it is not a language of India,” the press release said.

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Sharing the press release on Twitter, the Parisangh said they would take legal action against the AIWC and file online petitions to ensure the incident doesn’t happen again, if the organization doesn’t. apologize within 24 hours.

In her letter of apology, AIWC President Sheela Karkde said the statement Pandey made was “irresponsible” and did not represent the views of the organization.

“I would like to make it clear that we all love and respect our most patriotic citizens, Brother Gorkhas, we are all aware of the story of the Gorkhas’ sacrifice for the nation in the past and still in the present as well. The beautiful Nepali language is part of integral to our national language introduced in Schedule VIII of the Constitution in 1992. We strongly oppose and condemn the ignorance shown by the member,” the statement read.

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