Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Garhwali, Kumauni to be included in 8th schedule of Indian Constitution: Uttarakhand Cabinet

Written by Anil Singh

The Uttarakhand Cabinet today decided to send a recommendation to the Union government for the inclusion of Garhwali and Kumauni languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. It’s the union Government who includes a language in the Eighth Schedule List.

Notably, the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution contains a list of 22 scheduled languages. If Garhwali and Kumauni get included in the list, then it will be sharing space with the languages like Hindi, Punjabi, and Gujarati etc.

But one thing which can go against Garhwali and Kumauni or Kumaoni, majorly spoken in Uttarakhand (apart from Hindi), is that the two are dialects (Boliyan) than languages in the correct sense. A language is one which has its own font (Lipi). Garwali and Kumauni don't have their own fonts and use Devnagri.

A proposal in this regard was approved at a meeting of the state Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister B C Khanduri.

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