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Post at: Jul 27 2021

Tulu – Demand for Official Language Status

WHY IN NEWS

  • In June 2021, the clamour borke out for Tulu to be included in the eights (8th) schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • Various organisations initiated a Twitter campaign and got overwhelming response.

ABOUT TULU LANGUAGE

  • Tulu is a Dravidian Language spoken mainly in two coastal districts Dakshina Kannada and Udupi of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala.
  • As per the 2011 census report, there are 18,46,427 Tulu speaking people in India.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DEMAND BY TULU SPEAKERS?

  • The Tulu Speakers mainly in Karnataka and Kerala are demanding from the government to give it official language status.
  • It should be included in the eighth schedule to the constitution.

PRESENT STATUS OF TULU

  • Some people launched Twitter compaign like ‘Tweet Tulund’ compaign, # Education in Tulu to include Tulu language in 8th schedule of the constitution. They say that Tulu language is not only language but also a culture and tradition with history of its own. However, it is restricted to Kerala & Karnataka region.

SIGNIFICANCE OF INCLUSION

  • If it included in the eight schedules of the Indian constitution, Tulu would get recognition form the Sahitya Academy & protection of the constitution itself.

Amit Gupta


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