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Online Campaign for #TuluTo8thSchedule: All you need to know

After a recent campaign on Twitter, the demand for granting Tulu – an official language status in Kerala and Karnataka, has once again gained traction. There are numerous campaigns being run online by the section of the population of Kerala and Karnataka in the past. Tulu speaking people in both these states are demanding that the language must be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and given official language status in Karnataka and Kerala, given its cultural, social, educational and political relevance.

There were more than 2.5 lakh tweets in support of the Twitter campaign on Sunday, with different hashtags, one of which was #TuluTo8thSchedule.

History of Tulu and its cultural significance:

Tulu is a language widely spoken in parts of Karnataka and Kerala. Informally, these Tulu speaking regions of the aforementioned states of South India are collectively known as Tulu Nadu, with some scholars also suggesting that Tulu is among the earliest Dravidian languages with a history of 2000 years. Moreover, according to the census of 2011, there are 18,46,427 Tulu-speaking people in India, and that is why demands are being raised time and again, by those who speak the language, to get their language which is indeed a symbol of their historical and cultural identity, recognized under the Indian Constitution.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has already introduced Tulu as a language in schools a few years ago. According to the state education department, in the year 2020, a total of 956 children from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts wrote Tulu as the third optional language in SSLC (Class 10) examination, according to an Indian Express report.

The language is also known for its rich oral traditional literature and its contribution to Indian cinema. Infact, the recent campaign on Twitter was organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tulu Cinema, where around 10 movies are made on an average, every year in an industry that started with the film- Enna Thangadi in 1971.

What is the demand and who all are supporting the Tulu cause?

The demand is basically to get the Tulu language, one of the Pancha Dravida Bhashas (five main languages of South India), official status and to include it alongside Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri languages that are already present in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

Many prominent personalities and activists tweeted in support of the campaign on Sunday.

Presenting the BJP’s stance on the matter, Dakshina Kannada MP and BJP Karnataka President, Nalin Kumar Kateel tweeted -“Efforts and talks are on to include Tulu in the eighth schedule. A few technical issues need to be sorted out. All efforts will be made to announce Tulu as the official language during our tenure itself.”

Apart from this, there were a few others who reacted to the matter, including Vedavyas Kamath, MLA, BJP, Mangalore South Assembly Constituency, Karnataka. He wrote- “Tulu language is our mother tongue. Every one of us wants Tulu to get official language status.”

Further, Kannada film actors and native Tulu speakers Pruthvi Ambaar and Rakshit Shetty also came forward in support of the Twitter campaign and put forward their demand of getting their native language proper constitutional recognition. 

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