Minister Neiba Kronu releasing a booklet entitled ‘Path Finder – A simple and comparative study of Chakhesang languages’ on January 10. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | January 12
Minister for Planning & Coordination and Land Revenue Neiba Kronu on Thursday released a booklet entitled ‘Path Finder- A simple and comparative study of Chakhesang languages.’
Released during 5th Chakhesang Day celebration at Chesezu in Phek district on January 10 last, this booklet was brought out to promote better communication among the different dialect groups.
In order to promote better communication among the different dialect groups, the Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) has constituted Research Committee and entrusted them to bring out a handbook on Chokri, Khezha/Kuzhale and Poula spoken dialects.
Chakhesang is a multi- lingual community. The nomenclature ‘Cha,’ ‘khe’ and ‘sang’ itself symbolizes the close affinities and unity among the different dialect groups, and which are thus integrated into one single great tribe. The major dialects are Chokri, Khezha- Kuzhale and Poula, according to CPO Research Committee.
Taking English as the basis for identification and translation work, the Committee has compiled the most common words, sentences and name of things commonly used in daily general conversation and translated into Chokri, Khezha/Kuzhale and Poula.
“The present work is not a scientific research of Chakhesang language. It is not an exercise to develop a Chakhesang common language. It is neither an academic exercise aimed at introducing it as a subject of study in educational institutions like schools, colleges or universities,” stated the committee adding that it is simply a compilation of terms/sentences of different dialect groups of the Chakhesang tribe aimed at helping people to better understand one another’s dialect and to be able to better communicate with each other.
“It is hoped that this humble work will serve to foster unity and brotherhood among the people who speak different dialects but belong to a homogenous group, ethnically and anthropologically,” the committee stated.
The research committee members included; Dr Zavise Rume, Dr Zokho Venuh, Dr Meneno V Rhakho, Dr Kewepfhiizii Lohe, Wekutso Tsühah, Vivosanuo Lohe, Lhiwekulo Marhu, Zhothisa Dawhuo and John Lohe.
Chakhesang Gazetted Officers’ Association also extended help towards this work.
“I am optimistic that this booklet will create a “pathway” for our community to understand each other’s dialects, and strengthen unity so as to create progressive Chakhesang in the years ahead,” stated CPO president Kekhwengulo Lea.