Controversy over Hemant Soren’s statement over Bhojpuri, Magahi

Controversy has sparked over Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren’s remark on languages. He stated that Jharkhand was a state that formed through tribal people fighting for its formation, and its languages were regional and not Bhojpuri or Magahi which were languages of Bihar. He also observed that those people who raped women during state formation were using Bhojpuri. The BJP in the state stated that his comments were ‘highly objectionable’. The CM who’s also the president of Jharkhand Mukthi Morcha was very vocal about the issue. JMM defended him by saying it was long overdue – the promotion of regional languages, the Hindu reporter.

The state was carved out from the southern stretch of Bihar and JMM played a significant role in the state formation. The tribal society fighting for a separate state, Mr. Soren observed, was for its regional and tribal languages. He observed that Bhojpuri and Magahi are borrowed languages, and are those which are used by dominant people in the state, who use it with power. The state faction of the BJP also said the statement could divide the people of the state. The party’s ally and major opposition to the BJP has also expressed their disagreement with the statement.

Bhojpuri is language spoken in Bihar, parts of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, along with Nepal, Mauritius, Trinidad and wherever people of Bihar origin live.

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