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Madhika Language

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH


Context: The Chakaliya community in the remote colony of Kookanam, near Karivellur grama panchayat in Kannur, is facing the imminent extinction of its unique language, Madhika.

  • The language, has no script and is a blend of Telugu, Tulu, Kannada, and Malayalam, will be lost soon.
  • Despite its diverse influences, Madhika is losing ground among the younger generation, who prefer mainstream languages like Malayalam.
  • The Chakaliya community, considered untouchables in the past, faced social stigma, contributing to the neglect of their language.