Indian Constitution in Meetei Mayek

Imphal: In a historic moment, the Constitution of India will be published in Meetei (Meitei) Mayek script, said Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Saturday.

This landmark achievement not only promotes the Manipuri script but also gives the speakers of Manipuri language or Meiteilon a door to the Indian Constitution, Biren said on his Facebook wall.

In a message, the chief minister said, “I am extremely elated to know that the Law and Legislative Affairs Department, Government of Manipur is publishing the diglot edition (English-Manipuri) of the Constitution of India and this edition in Manipuri Meetei Mayek Script.”

The Constitution of India is the supreme law of this country. It lays down, amongst others, the fundamental rights, directive principles and fundamental duties of citizens. The document codifies political structure, procedures, power and functions of government institutions. It is also the longest written constitution in the world, Biren said.

Despite 73 years of the coming into effect of the Constitution of India, many of its tenets have remained outside the sphere of knowledge for the common man, largely because of its non-availability in the local language. The publication along with amendments upto the 105th Amendment this time, is therefore, very significant, as well as special, being in the Meetei Mayek script. The document in this edition will definitely become an invaluable asset for the entire state. Its publication will be an important landmark in the history of the state of Manipur, he added.

The chief minister conveyed his best wishes for the grand success of the publication.

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