ILTA to launch book on Lepchas

Statesman News Service
KALIMPONG, Sept. 29. — Sidelined by the locals and state government the indigenous hill tribe of the Lepcha’ s are trying to voice their grievances through the publication of a book about them written in Hindi.
The Indigenous Lepcha Tribal Association (ILTA) will be launching a book titled Lepcha-Adivasi: Ek Parichya (Introduction of the Lepcha’s). The book written in Hindi is a compilation of fifteen Lepcha writers. General secretary of ILTA, Mr Lyangsong Tamsang noted that the book is set to act as a voice for the much forgotten tribe of the Lepcha’s, the actual inhabitants of Darjeeling and Sikkim. “The book was actually a Lepcha composition but we later decided it to translate in Hindi, as it is the most common language among the tribal population of India after their mother tongue,” Mr Tamsang said. “The book actually is an introduction of the Lepcha tribe and the injustice faced despite tribal status and our rich language, literature and cultural heritage,” he added. The ILTA has been working for the translation of the book for the past three years.
Elder’ s of the tribe also quipped that neither the DGCH nor the state government has ever suggested about the uplift of the tribe. “We want the support and help of the ten crore tribal citizens, so we thought that a book about us in Hindi will help us,” one Lepcha said. The book to be officially released this November has been priced rupees one hundred.
The ILTA is also set to attend a national seminar organised by the Bhasa Research and Publication Centre to be held at Baroda and Tejgadh from 10 to 13 November.
The seminar will be based upon contemporary writings and oral compositions in the language of adivasis and nomadic communities.

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