Nagamese Audio Recordings

Nagamese is a creole spoken as a lingua franca in the state of Nagaland in the north-eastern part of India. Syntactic structure of Nagamese is based mainly on an Indo-Aryan language ‘Assamese’ and its lexicon is made up of words from Assamese, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, English & various Tibeto-Burman Naga languages like Angami, Sema, Aao, Lotha, Konyak, Zeliang, Phom, Rengma, Sangtam etc.

This creole has no official recognition even though it is frequently used in the legislative assembly of Nagaland and by government servants. A major move towards state recognition was initiated recently by prime ministers of India Narendra Modi. In November 2014, PM Modi’s monthly national broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’  on radio to Indian citizens included a Nagamese version also. This was unprecedented, as it was the first time that Nagamese was officially recognized on national platform by no less than the prime minister of India himself. From then, every month the nationwide Radio broadcast of Mann ki Baat is also conducted in Nagamese too. 

Mann ki Baat (English- Heart’s talk) is a monthly radio programme in which Indian prime minister Narendra Modi addresses Indian citizens on various issues pertaining to nation. The radio programme is simultaneously broadcast in over 22 languages including Hindi, English & Nagamese.

You can listen to the Podcasts here


 I have written a much longer and informative post on Nagamese creole sometime back, here

The wound from within

Manipur Rebels

Colonial rule in India is a history of isolation and separatism. And India is still trying to come in terms of the differences arising out of this history. Take for example the North-East India. North-East India is a cultural mosaic or a colorful kaleidoscope on its own lying in the North-Eastern frontier area of India which touches China, Burma(Myanmar), Bangladesh and Bhutan.

India’s independence in 1947 led to the emergence of a new nation consisting primarily of British India. But it also inherited the problematics of it. Due to various reasons, North-East India drifted towards a state of alienation resulting in insurgency or calls for sovereignty. In the course of time these nationalistic aspirations turned uglier and murky for both the government and the insurgent groups (commonly known as Undergrounds).

Today North-East India is still burning with the flames of seeds sown long time ago. This state of affair needs us to re-examine the role of the so called main stream society specially of the people living in Hindi belt in the above context. Recently I wrote a an article (which I actually started as a letter) on this issue titled ‘ मुख्यधारा के बरक्स हाशिए का समाज-पूर्वोत्तर ‘. To read this article (Pdf) click on the link below

The margins in the main-scape: North-East India