Neeraj Dangol Languages I speakNewar(Nepal Bhasa),Nepali,
English, Where I am from
Kathmandu, Nepal Contact
Dangol. I am
doing Master in Urban and Regional Planning in UH at Manoa. This
website is the product of what I learnt in LDTC to document NEWAR
language. I am very grateful to LDTC and mentors for helping us to
a million people in Nepal i.e. 3% of population, according to 2001
census and a few thousand people outside Nepal speak this language
Kathmandu Valley and in
all towns and bigger villages thoughout Nepal. Fewer in the far west.
Also spoken in India.
Bhasa is the mother tongue of Newars. Newars form a very
diverse community with people from the Mongolian, Aryan
some—even Dravidian races. Newars follow Hinduism and
Buddhism, and are subdivided
into 64 castes. The language therefore plays a central unifying role in
existence and perpetuation of Newar community. The poet Siddhidas
concluded that the Newar community and its rich culture can only
Nepal Bhasa survives (भाषा म्वासा जातिम्वाइ).
Bhasa faced a decline during the Shah era when this language
was replaced by Nepali as the national language and after the
the "One nation, one language" policy of King Mahendra.. There were
very few resources available then for even primary-level education in
Bhasa. There were no programs broadcast in Nepal Bhasa in the state
Radio Nepal. Even after programs in Nepal Bhasa began to be broadcast,
language was referred to as "Newari", a term considered derogatory by
Newars. The Supreme Court of Nepal has also banned any use of Nepal
for trivial matters in official purposes of any part of Nepal.