It was a moment of achievement for the Indian Nepalese (Gorkhas) when on 20th August 1992 the constitution of Indian gave recognition to Nepali language in the eight schedule of the Indian constitution, for them, the 10 million Indian Nepalese (Gorkhas) 20th August is the historic day, this day is celebrated by the Nepalese (Gorkhas) as ‘Nepali Bhasha Manyata Diwas’ 19th years ago in Nepali language got national recognition, constitutional recognition. This day (20th august) is celebrated by every apex organization of the Gorkhas all over India.
To demand the rights of the Gorkhas Late Anang Singh Thapa, editor of the Nepali newspaper “Jagrath Gorkha’ published from Dheradun and his two colleagues Late Bir Singh Bhandari, late Narendra Singh Rana in the year 18th January, 1956 submitted a memorandum to his excellence, the first President f Independent India Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma demanding the constitutional recognition of Nepali language just like other Indian languages recognized in the eight schedule of the Indian constitution. Late Anand Singh Thapa was the first Gorkha son of the soil of this country to voice the demand for the recognition of Nepali language which ignited a peaceful democratic struggle amongst the Gorkhas to achieve the constitutional demand which is seen as the first step in laying the foundation for the struggle.
The struggle started from Dehradun and found its way to Sikkim via Darjeeling and spread to North East gaining momentum all over India. In Darjeeling a Nepali literary organization “Sahitya Sammelan” constituted a twenty five members sub-committee for the demand and held its first assembly in the year 1970 March 29 and decided to depute a team to Delhi to meet the president, prime minister and home minister to put forward the demand. Dr. Parasmani Pradhan after his return from Delhi wrote books and submitted to Sahitya Academy Delhi to press for the recognition of Nepali Language.
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