GROUNDS FOR RECOGNITION 0F KAMATAPURI LANGUAGE AND INCLUSION OF THE SAME INTO THE 8TH SCHEDULE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

Dharmanarayan Barma

In the pouranic  age and upto the middle of the 13th century A.D of historic  period , North –East India was known  as Kamrupa . But after 1255 A.D Kamrupa  was renamed as  Kamatapura  on t he transfer of its capital from Gouhati  to Kamatapur  , 15 miles South – west  to the present city of Cooch Behar  .

 During the Kamrupi period  (9 A.D) language entered this large area from the West  i.e from  Magadh  and  Mithila . Dr. Sunity kumar Chatterjee  , the reknowned  philologist  opined : “It can not be defined  when the Aryan  speech first came to North Bengal  probably from Mithila and Central  South Bengal from Anga .” (O,D.B.L)  Dr. Chatterjee also said _ ‘from its geographical position  Assam was  practically an extension of  North Bengal  , so far as its speech and  early history  was  concerned (O.D.B.L) .

Abraham  Griarson  also  voiced  the  same  idea . He  said ,’North Bengal  and  Assam did not get  their language from Bengal  properly but directly  from west  . Magadhi  Apabhransa , in fact may be considered as  spreading  out east  wards and south  wards in three  directions . To the  northeast  it developed  into  Northern Bengali  and  Assamese ,to  the  south  is  Oriya and  between  the two  into Bengali .” ( linguistic survey of  India )

Dr. Bani  Kanta  Kakati  in his ,’Assamese its  formation  and  Development ‘ said  _” It  would thus appear tha t there is  no  question  o  one dialect  group  having  sprung  out  of another _ they  are all related  to  one another  as having  emanated  from  one  centre  of radiation and yet  following  their  line  of  development .” It  is a fact that in  ancient times  there was a cultural  and social  inter course  between  Mithila  and  Kamrupa  and so in linguistic sphere  also. Click here to read the full article

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