Modi government may change criteria for classical language classification: Congress

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New Delhi. The Congress on Tuesday cited a report claiming that the government may change the criteria for classical language classification. Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh also questioned whether this was an attempt to prevent Marathi from being recognised as a language. Ramesh shared a report by English daily ‘The Hindu’ on ‘X’, which claimed that the central government has decided to change the criteria for giving the classical language tag.

He said, “For the last ten years, Congress has been demanding that Marathi be declared a classical language. On 11 July 2014, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan, wrote a letter on this subject to the then Culture and Tourism Minister of the ‘non-biological’ Prime Minister, Shripad Naik. On 13 May of the same year, I reiterated Prithviraj Chavan’s demand.” Ramesh says that Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Oriya were declared classical languages ​​when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister.

The Rajya Sabha member alleged that no Indian language got this status in the Modi government. Ramesh claimed, “The government is now likely to change the criteria for classical language classification. There is currently no clarity on what the new rules are and what will be the new process for applying for classical language status after the change in criteria.”

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