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July 11, 2023 – A friendly comment posted on 5 main languages – Trek Dream Nepal – Specialty guide Nepal which read
DR. SUWARN VAJRACHARYA | 11 JULY 2023 AT 6 H 49 MIN REPLY
Thanks for the information about the lingusitic communities in Nepal. But I would apprreciate it very much if you could correct some misnformation about Newar.
Newar is an indigenous Prakrit term while Nepal is a Sanskrit term for the same country called Nepal. The people of this country are called Nepami (Nepal+min), their language Nepal Bhasa, their script – Nepal Lipi and their calendar Nepal Samvat calendar. The outsider rulers who took over Nepal after 18th century separated these two terms from each other to suppress the original people of this country. However, with a century long struggle lanched by the original people, the people elected Government of Nepal has corrected the mistake declaring the original language of this country should be called “Nepal Bhasa” not “Newar or Newari” more than 17 years ago (September 1995). Please take a look at the Government’s notice in the link below:
In reaction to the information
From the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, Newar was the official language of the Kingdom of Nepal but was replaced by Nepali when the Gorkha kings took control of the eighteenth century. It is thus historically the language of the Kathmandu valley as well as neighboring regions. More than 1 million people still speak Newar. Moreover, it brings confusion because it is known in Nepal as the language of Nepal but it has nothing to do with Nepali, complicated all that. Newar is from the Tibetan-Burmese family and Nepali is Indo-Aryan. Do you still follow? Now that you know it, you can say hello to your Newar friends by telling them Jwa-ja-la-paa with your palms together.