Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: Over 260 individuals were detained in Tripura during a 12-hour state-wide strike aimed to
advocate for the adoption of the Roman script for Kokborok, the indigenous language of the state.
- The central issue revolves around the script used for Kokborok, which has been a decades-old debate in Tripura. While Bengali and Roman scripts have been used for Kokborok, the demand for Roman script has gained momentum in recent years.
About Kokborok language:
Kokborok is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken by about 1 million people in the state of Tripura in northeast India.
Kokborok is one of the official languages of Tripura, along with Bengali.
Kokborok is a relatively homogenous language with several dialects spoken in Tripura. It is the lingua franca of most of the 19 tribal communities of Tripura.