In a significant milestone for inclusivity, accessibility, and cultural preservation, the largest bilingual Braille dictionary in the world, Hemkosh, has been awarded the official Guinness World Records certificate. The ceremony, attended by the Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria and other distinguished personalities, was a momentous occasion for the visually impaired community and the Hemkosh project.
The award was presented to Hemkosh publisher Jayanta Baruah in the presence of the Governor, Gulab Chand Kataria, praising the publication for its positive social impact. More than 15 volumes and almost 10,000 pages long, the Braille version of Hemkosh continues the Hemkosh legacy. It has 21 volumes, 6 sections, 10,279 pages, weighs 80,800 kg, and contains 90,640 words.
People throughout the country have been encouraged by the Hemkosh initiative to consider and maybe make more Braille versions of dictionaries in other languages. Future generations will be able to build on the foundation laid by this program to make the world a better place for everyone.
The significance of this effort in enabling and elevating the visually impaired population has been extensively acknowledged. The visually challenged may now study, read, and write in their language with the help of the Hemkosh Braille dictionary.
The Hemkosh Braille dictionary is an invaluable cultural artifact and a useful language tool. It gives the locals a sense of pride and helps them retain their history. Hemkosh has enormously impacted the future of the Assamese language by creating a Braille dictionary.