ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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India's Language Debates and Education of Linguistic Minorities

India's more than one billion population comprises a unique mosaic of more than 400-odd languages and 3,000-odd dialects spread across its 28 states and seven union territories, making it a very distinct linguistic, cultural and ethnic landscape. However, this linguistic and cultural diversity has come under attack in different periods of history and has threatened the existence of many of the minority languages, mainly those which are numerically less represented and also those which are powerless or are of less utility in terms of social mobility. The paper discusses different contexts, starting from the colonial period to the recent National Knowledge Commission Report (2006) that tended to undermine the languages of less power in Indian education.

Dalits in Education and Workforce

Despite constitutional provisions and safeguards, dalit representation in higher educational institutes and in the workforce remains largely minimal. State initiated programmes and policies apart, it is also essential, as a recent conference in Bhopal highlighted, to instill respect for diversity and a greater understanding of the disadvantaged.

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