Languages of India

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Comment by Himanshu on November 23rd, 2014 at 9:26 pm

you website mentions 23 languages in Schedule 8 of the Indian constitution, but everywhere count is 22. Which is the 23rd language ? Please let me know if its there or correct the information.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on November 24th, 2014 at 11:59 am

Thank you, Himanshu, for your feedback. The 23rd official language is English, which is the co-official language (with Hindi) of the Union Government. Although that is already stated in the article, the text will be edited to make the role of English clearer.

Comment by Ajinkya on November 15th, 2017 at 4:03 am

I recently read the article ‘Languages of India’ on your website with tagline- ‘research begins here’. The article was nice. But you have done a major mistake in the table of language and the states in which they are spoken. You have mentioned Maharashtra in front of Hindi.
Somebody has given you misleading Information about language in the state of Maharashtra. Also you have mention before the table about ‘the eighth schedule as of May 2007’; in that also Maharashtra is not mentioned as Hindi speaking State. The only similarity in Marathi and Hindi is their script-Devnagari and nothing else.
Marathi is the only spoken language in Maharashtra. It is one of the oldest Indian language in India. Marathi is the Official language of the state. You will find Lacs of Marathi people in States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka(the whole north part of Karnataka state speaks Marathi), Goa and Chhattisgarh. Hence Marathi language has large influence in India.
I request you to remove the name of the Maharashtra state in front of Hindi Language as it is misleading people. We love all the languages but have proud of our language and speak only Marathi in Maharashtra. I hope you will consider my request.
Yours faithfully,

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on November 15th, 2017 at 4:12 pm

Thank you, Ajinkya, for your feedback. We apologize for the incorrect information regarding the languages in the state of Maharashtra. The text will be revised. Thank you again for taking the time to help make NWE a valuable information resource.

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