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Academy to renew effort for inclusion of Tulu in Constitution

Raviprasad Kamila

Authorities of Tulu Sahitya Academy to meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil this month


There are now 22 languages in the Eighth Schedule

There are demands for including 35 more in it



MANGALORE: The Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy here is planning to renew its efforts to prevail upon the Union Government to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

According to sources, authorities of the academy along with members of Parliament are planning to meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Delhi later this month to apprise him about the importance of Tulu and why it deserves a place in the Eighth Schedule. The academy has written to MPs for Mangalore and Udupi to join the delegation to bring pressure on the Government on this issue.

It will organise a Tulu literary and cultural programmes in Delhi on October 27 and 28 as part of Suvarna Karnataka celebrations. It will also organise a talk on why Tulu should be included in the Eighth Schedule.

The MPs and other political leaders of the State in Delhi will be invited for it. The delegation will meet the Minister later, the sources told The Hindu.

Chairman of the Administrative Reforms Commission M. Veerappa Moily confirmed that he would join the delegation, they added.

Recognition

The sources said once Tulu was included in the Eighth Schedule, the language would get nationwide recognition. Research works on the language would get funds from the Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Then, the Kendriya Sahitya Academy could also consider Tulu literature for announcing awards and fellowships. Textbooks in Tulu languages could be published and it would allow the candidates to write the competitive examinations in Tulu.

The academy had been making efforts to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule. On its demand, the State Government sent a proposal to the Union Government in this regard. The Union Law Ministry sent the State’s proposal to the Home Ministry in July 2003. Later, the State sent reminders to the Centre in this regard.

At present, 22 languages are included in the Eighth Schedule. Demands for inclusion of 35 more in it are pending with the Government. A few years ago, the Union Government constituted a high-powered committee, under the chairmanship of Sita Kant Mohapatra, to evolve a set of objective criteria for inclusion of more languages in the Eighth Schedule. The committee has submitted its report to the Government. The academy estimates that there are 1.20 crore Tulu-speaking people in the world. Half of them are in Karnataka. The Tulu-speaking people are mainly concentrated in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka and Kasaragod district in Kerala with their number totalling over 20 lakh.

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