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Indigenous Languages: In the need of protection.

Ritika Gusaiwal

ByRitika Gusaiwal

Oct 3, 2020

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According to the Indian Constitution constitution Article 344(1) and 351, the eighth schedule includes the recognization of 22 languages.
In India, there are 121 languages considered as mother tongue. According to the 2001 census, India has 30 languages spoken by more than million of people each.
For example, the Tulu language spoken by 1.8 million people, has also inscription dating back to the 14th &15th century. Yet, such languages are not part of the eighth schedule given in the constitution of India.

Language connects people and enables them to understand one another easily. It is a beautiful symbol of unity, ethnicity, and culture. India is having a unique structure of various cultures and religions with diversification in languages. Yet, we managed to become India as a Union of States.

Through language, culture is attached to every group of people having a different number of ethnicity along with a language and script that deciphers a lot. One must agree that without dialect it would be difficult to understand the history of a place as history holds a timeline of the past within its squares.

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Culture has a number of tongues that depict the heterogeneity of people living in an area that evidently builds confidence among our community. For example, when India won the world cup, the national anthem was played, which built a sense of confidence among us, by these following examples we could easily see that language plays a major role in confidence-building among us.

Language is a basic fundamental to enhance knowledge. It helps in increasing our intimation beyond a level. Even language is a root that connects civilizations of time and gives us details of it.

Whatever we have learned is due to the language, it is very clear that the connection of knowledge learning from the past and preserving our culture for the future based on it.

Now, we can say that language is also an expression, We the people use different ways of writing & speaking to express our opinions. One of the most precise way to represent one’s personality by language itself.

As we understood that for a long, language which is a matter of preserving culture, expressing oneself, build knowledge, brings confidence, and so on and so forth. So, how can we deny the fact that language is a basic fundamental of living and learning are roots of culture.

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Yes, we require one language for the nation but to save our mother tongues, and to preserve our culture it is also important to safeguard them because somewhere we are losing our very own culture with the language.
For example, we are raising our kids without teaching them our mother tongues rather with Hindi or English. Just because we know that in future these languages will build their future.

It is our duty to protect everyone’s language or the dialect. Yes, India is a diverse country with different types of cultures, races, communities, religions, sects, etc

In the end, I would like to conclude with one point that just because English will build his/her future, we will raise them without our mother tongue, this will definitely harm our roots of culture?? The state cannot disregard our rhizome of culture with the difference of languages, maybe the state can save these languages by giving them a place in the eighth schedule of the constituion but it is also our concern too, not to forget our mother tongues.