Plea for tribal tongues

Ranchi-A host of tribal leaders knocked on the doors of Raj Bhavan on Monday with their demand of inclusion of four tribal languages — Kurukh, Mundari, Ho and Gond — in the VIIIth Schedule of the Constitution.

They also sought recognition for Sarna religion as a separate religion in the Census. The 25 leaders, under the aegis of Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Mahasabha, met Union home minister P. Chidambaram on this issue on Friday.

“A large number of tribal people speak Kurukh, Mundari, Ho and Gond. Hence, we want these languages to be included in the VIIIth Schedule of the Constitution,” said Vishwanath Tirkey, vice-president of the mahasabha.

Only one tribal language, Santhali has entered the VIIIth Schedule.

The delegation, which included a few leaders from Odisha and Chhattisgarh, also urged the governor to support their demand of a different Sarna religion code in the Census in the absence of which tribals are either classified under “others” or Hindus.

They said the Union home minister had promised to honour their request and they just reiterated their long-standing demand before the governor.

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