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Updated: December 1, 2009 17:19 IST

Requests to include 38 languages in Constitution pending: Govt

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The logo of the Tulu Conference held in Belthangady, Karnataka, on Nov. 24, 2009. Tulu is one of the 38 languages, including English, pending approval by the Union government for inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Consitution. Photo: Special Arrangement.
The Hindu The logo of the Tulu Conference held in Belthangady, Karnataka, on Nov. 24, 2009. Tulu is one of the 38 languages, including English, pending approval by the Union government for inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Consitution. Photo: Special Arrangement.

Demands by various organisations and State governments for the inclusion of 38 languages, including English, in the Constitution are pending with the government.

“A number of representations or requests from different organisations and State governments have been received in this (Home) Ministry for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution, including Tulu. At present demand for 38 languages are pending inclusion in the Eight Schedule to the Constitution,” the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Maken, told Lok Sabha in reply to a written question.

The languages pending approval are Angika, Banjara, Bazika, Bhojpuri, Bhoti, Bhotia, Bundelkhandi, Chhattisgarhi, Dhatki, English, Garhwali (Pahari), Gondi, Gujjar or Gujjari, Ho, Kaachachhi, Kamtapuri, Karbi, Khasi, Kodava (Coorg), Kok Barak, Kumaoni (Pahari) and Kurak.

The other languages are, Lepcha, Limbu, Mizo (Lushai), Magahi, Mundari, Nagpuri, Nicobarese, Pahari (Himachali), Pali, Rajasthani, Sambalpuri or Kosali, Shaurseni (Prakrit), Siraiki, Tenyidi and Tulu, the Minister said.

“A decision on pending demands for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule, including Tulu, will be taken in the light of the recommendations of the Sitakant Mohapatra Committee and the decision of the government thereon.

“No time frame can be fixed for consideration of the demands for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule,” Mr. Maken said

Despite a diffrent idetity of culture language tulu speaking community has been neglected by the goverment, it is know the state government had wakeup and declared tulu as third state language.Tulu must be included in the 8th schedule as it is spoken by more than 5million speakers in karnataka. they are also found in large minority in maharashtra,kerala and in UAE due to migration and settlement.

from:  praveen
Posted on: May 31, 2010 at 12:15 IST

Language is the indentity of people and mothertongue is very important to make identification of people. We cann't make our identification depend on other language. I feel peple of Kosal are deprived from their own mothertongue and dependant on oriya language.
So we should wake up for our own right.

from:  Prasant
Posted on: Dec 4, 2009 at 16:20 IST


As per the constitution of India every citizen is equal then why there is such a big discrimination going on by recognising mere few languages spoken by some particular group of people? Irrespective of numbers the Central govt. of India should respect everybody’s identity, culture, language, etc. I strongly feel that the Sambalpuri language (also, known as Kosli), spoken across Western Orissa and bordering districts of Chattishgarh and Jharkhand States by more than 15 million people should be included in the 8th schedule of our constitution along with other languages in the list. It is the largest non-schedule language in our country but not registered in any of the govt. record.
Thanks.

from:  Anand Sagar Dash
Posted on: Dec 3, 2009 at 00:42 IST

It is interesting that Rajasthani spoken by more than 2 crores people still remains unrecognised. Rajasthan joined the Indian mainstream on an assurance that its economy will be well looked after by India. It is a border State, a desert State and people have to live in abject poverty. I have seen villages where crops are successfully grown once in 5 or 6 years and villagers have to live with this stock for the next 5-6 years. India gives a lot of attention,money and tax exemptios to North east, but Rajasthan is given second class treatment. It is very unfair.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Dec 2, 2009 at 18:06 IST
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