AIZAWL | January 30, 2018
Meet A. Zakia, a prominent literari hailing from southern Mizoram’ Siaha town has been selected for Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, for his outstanding contribution to Mara literature and journalism. He is the first among the Mara tribe in southern Mizoram to receive the award
Zakia was born in 1930 at Lorrainville, Saikao, where the Lakher Pioneer Mission Missionaries station is located; he completed his M.E (Class VI) from Government Middle School, Saikao village in 1950. Then, he joined as Primary School Teacher in 1952 and served for around 44 years till his retirement in 1996.
Zakia’s contributions and achievements for the upliftment of the Mara Literature and Journalism were outstanding among the Maras. He had worked as a news editor for various magazines and hold key positions in various organizations. He has authored over 10 Mara literature books, including Mara Grammar and Children’s Bible. Mara Grammar is approved by the Board of Mara Literature for common use
He is also translator of Primary School Text Books prescribed by the Board of School Education, Mara Autonomous District Council during 1993-1996.
Zakia outstanding contributions and achievements towards the development of education, literature and social works has made him achieved various awards and honors from government, NGOs and different firms & societies.
His contribution towards the growth and development of the Mara language and literature were valuable for the Mara community. ISL International has categorized the Mara language, having just merely 50,000 speaking population as definitely endangered language. Due to strong invasion from the surrounding ethnic groups with different dialects it is on the verge of extinction.
TNT News with inputs from The Morung Express
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