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JAIPUR, FEB. 10. Activists spearheading the campaign for inclusion of Rajasthani language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution have decided to march from Sringanganagar to New Delhi from February 21, to press for their demand for acceptance by the Centre of a resolution of the Rajasthan Assembly calling for constitutional status for the language.
The Assembly had adopted the controversial resolution during the previous Congress regime on the last day in its last session in August 2003 without any debate. Linguists and academicians across the State have opposed the resolution, while alleging that it was passed without following the procedure, and claimed that a conspiracy was being hatched to impose Marwari dialect in the garb of Rajasthani language on the entire State.
The Rajasthani Bhasha Manyata Sangharsh Samiti today announced the schedule of the proposed 12-day-long march which will wind its way through major cities in the State, including Jaipur, and arrive at Rajghat in New Delhi on March 4. The participants will submit memoranda to the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister seeking their intervention to ensure constitutional recognition for Rajasthani.
Lakshmi Kumari Chudawat and Kalyan Singh Shekhawat - litterateurs supporting the Sangarh Samiti's campaign - claimed that Rajasthani was an independent language with a methodical grammar and rich vocabulary. They said it was wrong to assume that a specific dialect would prevail over others if Rajasthani was included in the Eighth Schedule.
The Sangharsh Samiti's secretary, Rajendra Bareth, pointed out that the 1991 census had registered 2.95-crore people speaking Rajasthani and its sub-languages as their mother tongue. The figure was more than those of 13 among the 22 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule.
Activists of the Sangharh Samiti said the constitutional recognition for Rajasthani would help create more job opportunities for the unemployed youth in the State and facilitate the execution of various welfare schemes in the people's own language. "Refusal by the successive Governments to give official status to Rajasthani has led to injustice to the people of the State who have made immense sacrifices for the nation," said Padam Mehta, editor of a Rajasthani magazine "Manak"..
Meanwhile, the authors, academicians and activists opposing the Assembly's resolution have launched a State-wide signature campaign to protest against the proposed recognition of Marwari as Rajasthani. The president of the Rajasthani Bhasha Sankalp Virodhi Samiti, Satyavrat Samvedi, said the move would create resentment among those speaking the dialects such as Brijbhasha, Malwi, Dhundhari, Mewari, Hadoti, Wagdi and Shekhawati.
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