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Bhojpuri speakers demand for constitutional recognition



Bhojpuri is marginalised and its speakers are looked upon with disdain, a language that is spoken by 37.8 million people in India, belonging majorly to one of the most populous region in India- the UP-Bihar belt. Bhojpuri is used primarily in the western part of the state of Bihar and eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh and some adjoining areas of Madhya Pradesh. Internationally, it is used in Nepal- by 1.7 million as a first language plus by another 74,000 as a second-language and in Mauritius by 336,000 people. Bhojpuri dialects, varieties, and creoles are also spoken in various parts of the world, including Brazil , Fiji , Guyana , Mauritius , South Africa , Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. This makes the total Bhojpuri speaking population in the world close to 90 million.

For its development, propagation and popularisation the World Bhojpuri Conclave has been organised where activists have came together to give Bhojpuri its credit and the place that it deserves. Prabhat Kumar Singh, the president of Bhojpuri Sena said,”I must say that stepmotherly treatment has been meted out to Bhojpuri and it is yet to get its due”. There has been a long standing demand for inclusion of Bhojpuri in the 8th schedule of the constitution. Compared to 40 million speakers of Bhojpuri in India itself, the number of speakers of some popular languages is as follows: Dutch (27 million), Romanian (23 million), Ukrainian (37million) Kurdish (16million) Uzbek (20million), Assamese (16.8million), Oriya (32million) and Maithili (35million).

After  the proclamation by Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal that bhojpuri language would soon be given official recognition under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, a wave of euphoria splashed the respect-thirsty Bhojpuri fraternity but no step for its execution has been taken, inciting public impatience and anger.

 

Bhojpuri speakers demand for constitutional recognition
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