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Indian Parliamentarians Seek Inclusion of Bhoti in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution


The Indian Parliament Member from the trans-Himalayan region to get constitutional recognition to Bhoti Language(Tibetan) through constitutional amendments.
"The issue of inclusion of Bhoti language in the 8th Schedule is a long-pending one and we again plan to raise it in the on-going session of the Parliament through calling motions and other measures," Kiren Rijiju, MP and convenor of the Trans-Himalayan Parliamentary Forum said.
"We are upset with the government's stand in this regard so far, and if our efforts go vain, we may resort to democratic agitations for our genuine demand, he told reporters after a two-day seminar on "National Policy on Education: Bhoti Language" in New Delhi.
Mr. Soepa tells VOA that the two-day conference was attended by the directors and secretaries of several Indian departments where several resolutions were made to seek the patronage of the central government for the inclusion of the Bhoti language in the 8th Schedule.
Bhoti, an ancient language having its roots in Sanskrit, is the mother tongue of about 16 million people in Ladakh, part of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpling, and Arunachal Pradesh, member of the forum and MP from Ladakh Thupten Chhewang said.
Some information for this report was provided by TV Doordarshan and Zeenews.
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