In a recent news “196 Indian languages endangered, experts to mull revival” , according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s languages in Danger, 2009′, India has around 196 endangered languages, among the highest in the world,……..an international seminar on endangered languages in India will be organised at the India International Centre…..Scholars like Kapila Vatsyayan as well as linguists and educators will all discuss issues threatening these languages, a large chunk of which are regional and tribal languages ignored by the growing English and Hindi speaking masses.……most languages which are endangered are out of the loop of the education system……… the government lacked the will to tackle the problem which could lead to loss of culture and heritage associated with the language. ……‘The 2002 census enlists India as having just 122 languages. Whereas in 1962 there were over 1,600 languages as per the survey. …………………….
Here is one other reason why Indian languages are threatened.
(By the way this was published by IBNLive – must be true)
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered a probe into an English medium missionary school for allegedly punishing two students for speaking in their mother tongue Telugu.
The two Class 3 students were allegedly made to go around in the school with slates hanging from their necks declaring “I’ll never speak Telugu”. Parents and groups working for the promotion of Telugu allege the St Joseph’s English Medium School in Mydukur town of Kadapa district humiliated the students on Monday.
School Education Minister D Manikya Varaprasad on Tuesday told reporters that he had ordered a probe into the incident. “If the management is found guilty, we will derecognise the school and if a teacher or principal is responsible, we will advise the management to sack him/her,” he said.
The two children’s mothers, who carried lunch for them, said they saw the children going around the school premises with the slates hanging around their necks. The two told their mothers that their teacher was angry at them for not following her order to speak only in English during the class.
Mandal (block) education officer Sukhavanam and other local officials rushed to the school and admonished the school authorities.
Meanwhile, the management of the school has tendered an apology to the parents of the two students. It also promised to take necessary action to prevent such incidents in future.
Telugu Bhasha Parirakshana Samithi, a group working for the protection and promotion of Telugu language, petitioned the State Human Rights Commission to intervene and take stern action against the school authorities.
Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh, which has a population of about 80 million.