(Last Updated on : 19/05/2014)
Meithei, widely spoken in beautiful state of Manipur
, is popular by its alternative names like Meitei-lon and Meitei-lol. In the erstwhile British era, Meithi people spoke this language after which the name of the language has been derived. Apart from being the official language of Manipur state, it is also famous through out the whole region of northeastern states of Indian subcontinent including Assam
, Kankan, Nagaland
. Few Meithei is also found in other regions like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.
Multiple dialects that have originated from the Meithei language are Chonglei, Ningthonia, Luwang, Angom, Moirang, Khabanaganba. For writing, Meithei a primitive script is used that is known as "Meithei Mayek".
What is even more interesting is that Meithei is the common language spoken by whole populace of diverse ethno-centric communities, thus bringing unity amongst them.
The development of Meithei has a wonderful history behind it. It has been renowned, as "Manipuri", by the Indian Union and also has been incorporated in the list of scheduled languages as has been brought about by the seventy-one amendment of the constitution in the year 1992. Meithi also has made an entry in academics when it was as a subject of the Post-graduation in almost all the reputed universities of India. Moreover, it was also used as a suitable medium to give instructions to the pupils studying in the undergraduate level in the state.
According to a survey that has been brought out in the year 1994 by the famous organization IMA, total number of Meithei speakers has been recorded as 1,181,000 Meithei in India and also 1,252,000 through out the whole world.