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Assam MLAs take oath in seven languages

Assam MLAs take oath in seven languages

Guwahati: From Sanskrit to Nepali to English, Assam MLAs take multilingual oath

Angoorlata Deka, 30 , the Assamese actor newly elected a BJP MLA in her state, drew more attention Wednesday when she took oath in Sanskrit.

“Yes, my mother tongue is Assamese, but then Sanskrit is the mother of most Indian languages,” said Angoorlata. “When I chose Sanskrit to take oath as an MLA, I not only wanted to focus on the importance of this ancient language – dev bhasha – but also tried to tell the younger generation of the importance of learning this ancient yet rich, scientific language.”

Angoorlata represents Batadrava constituency, which is also the birthplace of Srimanta Sankaradeva, the 16th-century saint-reformer who, she added, enriched the Assamese language by translating several Sanskrit scriptures.