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Include Tulu in Eighth Schedule: Fernandes

Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi | February 17, 2003 19:02 IST

Defence Minister George Fernandes has urged the government to include Tulu, spoken by around 7 million people in Karnataka, in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

Addressing the national convention of Tulu-speaking people on Sunday, he said it is the 'proto-original languages of the world'.

That Tulu does not have a script is not of importance, he said.

English is written in Roman script while several Indian languages are written in Devanagri script, he added.

Former Karnataka chief minister Veerappa Moily said Tulu is the product of a rich culture and noted historian Arnold Tynobee had called it one of the 23 languages of the world.

Rani Abbakka, 'the first woman freedom fighter', was a Tulu-speaking person, he said.

According to Vaman Nandavar, president of the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Akademi, noted scholar Robert Caldwell, in 1856, had said that Tulu was one of the most developed among the Dravidian languages.

The participants handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and urged him to take action in this regard.

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Sub: Tulu Language

Tulu is one of the oldest languages of the Dravidian family and it is equivalent to Tamil. That means that Tulu is much older to ...

Posted by Dr. Sundararaj Thayalan

Sub: Tulu has a script

It is said that Tulu indeed had a script. It is the present Malayalam script. Some tulu scriptures found stand testimony to this. Tulu priests ...

Posted by vasudev yerkaditaya

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I fully agree with what Mr Bilimale stated... If one seriously look into the facts , TULU is much more polished language..

Posted by Ramesh

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Dear Sir, Tulu should be included in the VIII schedule of the constitution. It is a rich language and attracted many scholars from all over ...

Posted by P.Bilimale

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Dear sir, As everybody knows tulu language has a long rich and colorful history. However experts says that unless Tulu becomes a state language it ...

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