History Hour 89 – “Esperanto – The Universal Language” by Mr. Bijon Shaha. Thursday, 26th February, 2015.

Esperanto is the most widely used constructed auxiliary human language in the world. This beautiful language was synthesized and created by Dr. L L Zamenhof as a politically neutral common second language that would foster peace, brotherhood and friendship between people all over the world. Esperanto is remarkable for its simplicity of grammar, extensibility of vocabulary, ease of learning, musicality of sounds, power and richness of expressions and unbelievable capability to convey innumerable shades and nuances of meaning. At the time of its creation, it was far ahead of its time. The communication then was rudimentary and mostly based on postal mail. Today, communication technology has opened new horizons for the expansion and growth of this language. The presentation will focus on the history of development, the growth and the enormous potential of this wonderful language. It will also look at the history of Esperanto in India, and its present status. To give the audience a feel of the language, there will be examples of prose, poetry, songs with video clips of Esperanto.

Bijon B Shaha served the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa, In Goa he was the Director of the ETDC for 12 years before his retirement in 2010. He specialises in and conducts Industry Seminars and Workshop on different topics such as Quality Management and Quality Technology; Environmental Management; Information Technology (Information Security and Linux); Technical Communication. Besides having learnt a number of modern European languages, Bijon Shaha also speaks Esperanto. He initially learnt Esperanto by the traditional method; and subsequently with the appearance of the internet and a large number of new tools for language learning, he further enhanced his understanding of Esperanto.

Bijon B. Shaha
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