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Language has been one of the main indicators of political identity in India. In this context examine the need for amending the official language Act of 1968 to make it more inclusive.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

2. Language has been one of the main indicators of political identity in India. In this context examine the need for amending the official language Act of 1968 to make it more inclusive. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

Various organizations have initiated a Twitter campaign demanding official language status to Tulu in Karnataka and Kerala and received an overwhelming response.

Key Demand of the question:

One is expected to examine the need for amending the official language Act of 1968 to make it more inclusive.

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with brief background of the question.

Body:

First explain in what way Language has been one of the main indicators of political identity in India.

Explain the constitutional provisions related to language.

Then present the case of Tulu language demand; The Tulu speakers, mainly in Karnataka and Kerala, have been requesting the governments to give it official language status and include it in the eighth schedule to the Constitution.

Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri are the 22 languages presently in the eighth schedule.

What is the present status of Tulu? Discuss the need to recognise importance of such languages in general.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.