An online petition against wrong definition of ‘Assamese’ in the Oxford Dictionary has been started by a senior editor of the Assam Tribune. Support this campaign!
A change.org petition (http://bit.ly/2vHfFsJ) was started on 29th August demanding the Oxford Dictionary of English to change the definition of the word ‘Assamese’ (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/assamese).
The petition was started by Partha Pratim Hazarika, a senior editor of The Assam Tribune. So far, nearly 1,800 people have signed the petition.
The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the word ‘Assamese’ as
1 noun: A native or inhabitant of Assam.
2 mass noun: The Indic language which is the official language of Assam, related to Bengali and spoken by around 23 million people, roughly half in Assam and half in Bangladesh.
According to the petition filed by Mr Hazarika, this definition is untrue. The petition says, ‘Assamese as a language is not related to Bengali, although both have similar scripts. Further, Assamese is spoken by people of Assam and never by the people of Bangladesh.’
The petition urges the Oxford authorities to rectify their mistake and research on the actual facts and figures.
The dictionary version also claims that 23 million people, roughly half in Assam and half in Bangladesh, speak Assamese.