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Jharkhand’s 11 second languages will create new jobs: but also enrich national culture

Jharkhand’s 11 second languages will create new jobs: but also enrich national culture


Untangling other's speech: a labour of love!

Ranchi: after the Jharkhand assembly passed the new language bill on September 3, five tribal languages Santhali, Ho, Kurukh, Mundari and Kharia and four regional languages Nagpuri, Panchpargania, Khortha and Kurmali along with Bengali and Oriya now get the status of second official languages in Jharkhand.

According to reports in the local press, the new status will bring a number of advantages to these languages. The two most notable gains are jobs for those conversant with these languages as teachers and official writers. An official of Raj Bhasha department told a reporter ‘Government advertisements will be published in newspapers and magazines in these new official languages. Interested people can use these languages in applications to the government. The government is bound to reply in the language concerned’. This also opens up new employment avenues, as the government will need to appoint persons with academic qualification in these languages.

It is not clear yet if the human resource development department will introduce the languages at the level of primary education. But Giridhari Ram Gaunjhu, head of the department of tribal and regional languages, Ranchi University says ‘We are expecting about 40,000 jobs for our youths as teachers of these languages at the primary school level’. Nagpuri scholar and former Ranchi University professor B.P. Kesri said ‘we have succeeded in getting second official language status for our languages. Now we will ask the state government to establish Sahitya Akademi, so that our literatures get promoted.’

Bilingualism: a cultural advantage

Although official recognition by itself does not guarantee the progress of a language and literature, the new move certainly gives these languages an initial fillip they badly need. Over time, this may mean a tremendous boost for Hindi as well as the cultural wealth of these languages finds expression through Hindi which has rarely lent a voice to the tribal tongues, tales and identities. What is not apparent just now is the extent of bilingualism among the Jharkhand residents. Since a number of literary figures in Jharkhand have been writing in more than one language, the new linguistic scenario raises new possibilities for growth not just for the local languages but the Hindi mainstream as well.


[courtesy: The Telegraph]

3 Responses

  1. […] raised by some language speaking groups such as Maithili and Bhojpuri.  As reported earlier by bihardays , the Assembly had passed a new language bill giving second official language status to five tribal […]

  2. Nushrat says:

    Urdu will also be given place as a second language of jharkhand

  3. Smritilekha Chakraborty says:

    Jharkhand is a state for Adibashis. There language is NOT HINDI! Jharkhand is the birthplace of Bengali language. Besides, 3 of it’s districts (Singbhum, Manbhum & Purnia) originally belonged to Bengal. So, Bengali must be a Joint Official language in Jharkhand.

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