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Tripura board directive to appear Kokborok in Bengali; student calls for indefinite stir

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Road, railway blockade from Feb 12 

Agartala, Feb 11: The sudden decision by the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) not to allow tribal students appearing for ‘Kokborok’ language to write answers in the Roman script has angered the tribal student body.

The Tipra Indigenous Students Federation (TISF), has chalked out a blockade of NH-8 and rail routes for an indefinite period from Monday.

TISF is the student wing of the TIPRA Motha Party (TMP) which has vehemently opposed the decission of TBSE.

The NH-8 is the lifeline of Tripura which also has a lone railway line connecting it with the rest of India.

Kokborok is the language of Borok people who are geographically known as Tripuris.

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They usually write ‘Kokborok’ language in Roman script instead of Bengali. However, the board said that the language should be written using Bengali.

The issue also recently rocked the Tripura Assembly session.

For several years, Kokborok language paper answers were written in the TBSE examinations in both Bengali and English scripts.

Earlier, the TBSE President Dhananjoy Gan Chowdhury asserted that both Bengali and English scripts would be allowed but recently he changed his decision saying that only Bengali script would be allowed.

The TBSE will conduct the Higher Secondary and Secondary Examinations from March 1 and over 5,000 tribal students would appear in both the examinations.

Also Read: “The Mirage of Dawn” by Rajeev Bhattacharyya

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