People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) survey is a unique, one of its kind, which identifies the languages not listed in the Census of India but still being spoken by a large number of people. This view was expressed by a renowned tribal activist and founder of Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda Dr Ganesh Devy. The occasion marked the consultation with people involved in carrying out survey work in Madhya Pradesh during a meeting organized by Aide et Action in Bhopal recently.
23 local languages spoken in various places of Madhya Pradesh were documented. Bhasha has carried out the survey of local languages spoken in MP with support of Aide et Action & Teacher Resource Group. These local languages are Bagheli, Baliyari, Bhilali, Bhadawari, Bhili, Braj, Bundeli, Droni, Yadav Mati, jatwari, Kauravi, Kaurakh, Lodhdhari, Malavi, Nahal, Nimari, Panch maheli, Panwari, Rajputi, Sikarwari, Jinnari, Tanwardhari, Halawi, Kaul, Begani, Kanjar, Lodha and Mawasi.
Dr. Devy also informed that PLSI is the first nation-wide linguistic survey after Independence. The first and only survey was carried out by a British George Grierson in 1926. And it is not the government or officialdom but linguists, activists and workers across the countries who are conducting the survey that kicked off in 2010. The survey is being carried out simultaneously across states and Union Territories in the country. This survey captures tribal folk songs, lifestyle, history, grammar in order to identify living languages & spoken by diverse groups of people in the country.
Pravin Bhope Regional Manager, Aide et Action, Bhopal Office, has told “One of the major issues that emerged was whether children lacked access to education as it was provided in other languages.’
Dr. Devy has also shared that the survey across the country will be completed by the end the 2012 and to be handed over the President of India.Courtesy:CentralChronicle.