Ministry of Culture31-October, 2008 17:18 IST
Declaration of Telugu and Kannada as classical languages
The Minister of Tourism and Culture Smt. Ambika Soni has issued the following statement at a press conference in New Delhi today:

“Representations were received from a wide spectrum of political and civil opinion from both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh for declaration of Kannada and Telugu languages as Classical Languages. These representations were referred to a Committee of Linguistic Experts and the Committee has recently recommended that both Telugu and Kannada languages should be classified as Classical Languages.

It has now been decided by the Government of India that on the occasion of the Rajyotsava day in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh formation day in Andhra Pradesh which fall on Ist November to declare Kannada and Telugu as Classical Languages. This decision of the Government of India is based on the recommendation of the Committee of Linguistic Experts set up by the Ministry of Culture.

It may be mentioned that the decision would be subject to the decision in a Writ Petition pending in the Madras High Court. Government of India has moved in the matter to have the Writ Petition disposed off ”.

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