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Classical tag to Odia: Madras HC issues notice to Odisha govt


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Chennai/Bhubaneswar, Mar 4:

The Madras High Court on Wednesday served notice to Odisha government on a PIL challenging classical language status to Odia.

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Adjudicating over a PIL filed by R Gandhi, an advocate, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh served notice to Odisha government. It also ordered the registry to tag the PIL with the similar petitions challenging grant of classical status to Telugu and Kannada languages.

It may be mentioned that the court had earlier allowed Karnataka Government to be accepted as impleader to the case.

The Ministry of Culture of the Centre vide a notification on March 11, 2014 had granted the status to Odia language.

Notably, the proposal to accord the coveted classical tag to Odia was cleared by the Linguistics Expert Committee appointed by the Union ministry of Culture on July 23, 2013.

The approval was delayed as some petitioners had filed complaints with the Union Home department against the approval of classical tag to Odia at the Madras High Court. The language was accorded classical tag despite the matter being sub-judice.

The petitioner contended that Ministry of Culture and Home affairs should adhere to criteria laid down to determine the eligibility of a language to be considered for categorization as a “Classical Language” as per the notification of the Centre on November 25, 2005.

As per the criteria, the status should be given to the language with “high antiquity of its early texts/recorded history over a period of 1500-2000 years”, the petitioner contended.

The claim of any language for classical language has to be evaluated in terms of the criteria which are really based on recommendations of the Gopi Chand Narang Committee appointed by Government of India, he argued.

Notably, only six Indian languages– Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Odia and Malayalam– have been accorded classical language status so far.

The court also issued notice to Kerala government on similar ground while hearing the PIL.


  1. classical language or not, there should be a grading system for malayalam like IELTS to be the basic entry qualification for Government Job. Recently a dubbing artist said about the lack of clear understanding in pronunciation and meaning among youth by the acceptance of manglish through media and lack of pride in following traditional malayalam.

  2. What is the problem with Tamilnadu linguistic society?
    They will speak in Tamil but there will be no Tamil medium schools in future as all govt schools will be converted to English medium. Accepted as it is their state issue.
    They dont like to speak in Hindi. Accepted as it is their state issue.
    But they have no right to fight against a language which has got classical status one year back.
    This is ridiculous to see the attitude of Tamils.
    Why the hell they bother about other languages!!!


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