Why Tulu Language needs to be recognised immediately.

Today as I am writing this Article , there are two Hashtags trending on twitter they are as follows:

#TuluTo8thSchedule #TuluOffficiaInKA_KL we full further look why is it trending and the constitutional provisions:

What is TULU?

  1. TULU is a Dravidian language spoken in the Karnataka in the coastal region that is Tulunadu region and parts of Kerala and regarded on of the most highly developed languages.
  • As per the 2011 Census report, there are 18,46,427 Tulu-speaking people in India. Apart from Tulunadu, a significant emigrant population of Tulu speaking people found in Maharashtra , Chennai, Bengaluru, English Speaking world and the Gulf Countries.
  • Tulu is one of the oldest language dating back its scripts to the 15th century. The language, however, is not as popular as others which means it could become endangered and extinct very soon, according to the Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, published by UNESCO.

Why In News:

  1. Mainly Tulu speakers across the nation have been demanding to Tulu to be added in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India  to give it official language status to promote social inclusion and National Solidarity. But 12 years since, the pleas for official language stay the same, the reasons to do, while governments have changed , all vouched and agreed that Tuluvas deserve to have their language recognised constitutionally. Twitter users tagged all prominent personalities from the region from all walks of life – from Kannada cinema to politics, urging them to rally for the cause that resulted in over 4 lakh organic tweets by the end of the day.
  • India is a far diverse country according to 2001 census there are 30 languages than are spoken by more than a million people adding to it 122 languages that are spoken by more than 10,000 people. Also, there 1599 languages which are mostly dialects and spoken in different regions and on a verge of extinction.
  • Currently Article 344(1) and 351 recognizes there are 22 languages in the 8th schedule which are as follows: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri.
  • Of these above mentioned languages 14 languages were initially added in the Constitution. Sindhi language was added by the 21st Amendment of 1967.
  • Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali got added by the 71st Amendment of 1992.
  • Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri were added by 92nd amendment of 1992.
  • Article 29 of the constitution provides that a section of citizens having a distinct language or script or culture have the right to reserve the same . It is the equal responsibility of the state and the citizens to protect the indigenous language, script ,and culture of people.

Reason to add Tulu to the 8th Schedule keeping in mind the fact it is not an official language in India or any other country:

  1. Tulu would get recognition from the Sahitya Akademi .
  • Tulu books would be translated to different languages which are recognised, it would great mean to show the world the great scripture written by our forefathers.
  • Members of Parliaments , Member of legislative Assemblies could speak in Tulu in parliament and State Assemblies respectively.
  • It has rich literary and oral folk tradition, speakers have both linguistic pride as well as socio-economic power, is a prestige variety, and isn’t marred by communal issues or the like.
  • Candidates could write All India competitive Examinations in Tulu as well.
  • Promotion of and protection of linguistic diversity helps to improve social inclusion and partnerships and helps to provide a society which lacks social and gender inequality, between the native speakers and guarantee the rights of native speakers of the endangered language.
  • It has a rich cultural representation with Tulu cinema to complete 50 years this year, and its art forms like Yakshagana having audiences across the world.

My personal views are ,being a proud Indian and a Tuluva I feel the government should act swift on this rather promising , playing and hurting the sentiments of the people, also there is so much of politics when it comes to these matters its ridiculous  and high time, we give due recognition to our dying languages.

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