Nepal is a country of diverse languages and the development and attachment of these diverse languages makes special identity of Nepal. Large number of people uses Nepali language as mother tongue and this language also acts as lingua franca among various communities using other languages. Though Nepal has been established as Federal Democratic Republic, it is still in transition phase. The constitution of the country is about to come. In this context the question ‘what should be the language policy of the country?’ arises from every where.
In this situation NepIF organized one day seminar on “Language Situation of Nepal and Role of Nepali Language” on 14th June, 2011 (31st Jestha 2068 B. S.). In the seminar, Dr. Bishnu Prasad Poudel presented the paper on “Language Situation of Nepal and Role of Nepali Language”. During presentation he clarified the current situation of different languages and the role of Nepali language. In this seminar representatives from various communities including Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Thakali, Abadhi, Maithili, Rai, Bhujel, Newari, Urdu using language other than Nepali and others working in different intellectual organizations, professors, lawyers and journalists who presented their opinion. Prof. Dr. Abhaya Kumar Das, Prof. Dr. Krishna Kumar Shrestha, Mr. Sundar Gurung, Mr. Prem Bahadur Rai, Ms. Juna Gurung, Mr. Hanif Miya, Mr. Pan Bahadur Gharti Magar, Mr. Dipak Tamang, Mr. Udaya Bahadur Amatya, Mr. Ambar Tulachan, Mr. Tilak Prasad Pun, Bishnu Sherchan, Mr. Devi Raj Tamu, Mr. Kul Bahadur Bhujel commented on the seminar paper as representatives of their language community. Likewise, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Prasad Pandey, Dr. Krishna K.C., Dr.Yama Nath Timilsina, Dr. Lekha Nath Bhattarai, Mr. Jiba Nath Pandey, Mr. Tilak Acharya, Mr. Yadav Raj Upadhya, Mr. Yuba Raj Triphati, Mr. Narayan Prasad Adhikari, Mr. Krishna K.C., Mr. Ganesh Bahadur Gurung and Mr. Shri Ram Adhikari also commented on the paper.
All the commentators raised the opinion that in current situation Nepali language has been playing highly effective role. They also added that all languages should be developed and protected for which the country should formulate special language policy and also should provide financial aid. Furthermore, intellectual communities should also be aware about this and move forward the research activities. There was participation of around a hundred representatives from different sectors.
The program was chaired by Prof. Dr. Pashupati Nath Timalsena. The program was conducted at Agriculture Development Bank located at Prithvi Chowk, Pokhara. The program was run by secretary Prof. Dr. Kedar Basnet and forum’s Vice-chairman Prof. Dr. Keshav Dutta Awasthi welcomed the guests and participants. During the closing remarks the Chairperson pointed out that in a country of diverse languages like Nepal, all the sectors should play special role in order to develop all the languages. He also added that Nepali language is playing the role of communication language among the Nepalese people inside and outside the country. Its role has been more important after the transformation of Nepal into a Federal Democratic Republic State.