Language publishing is said to be thriving in India, which includes digital language reading material.
Yes, we all know, in India there are 22 official languages and more than a thousand unofficial languages. The official and unofficial complicates matters considerably. What the policy says is also far removed from truth. A national language was 70 years ago imposed on people without consensus. Ostensibly, to free India of English. However, English is India’s most popular language, English publishing the biggest in the publishing industry. Though our states are divided according to language, language agitation are most aggressively quelled even today. Judicial processes don’t accept even Hindi, most times. Today, no government institution goes out of its way to promote regional languages; beside the lip service, funding for language development programmes of the HRD Ministry have been severely cut. Ask the plethora of languagepromoting organisations which don’t include any regional language promoter.
What the written document says is:
The Language Policy of India relating to the use of languages in administration, education, judiciary, legislature, mass communication etc is pluralistic in its scope. It is both language-development oriented and language-survival oriented…. the stated goal of the policy is to help all languages to develop into fit vehicles of communication at their designated areas of use, irrespective of their nature or status like major, minor, or tribal languages. The policy can accommodate and ever-evolving, through mutual adjustment, consensus, and judicial processes. Evolving and monitoring implementation of language policy is a major endeavor of the Language Bureau of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. This is done by the Bureau through language institutions setup for the purpose under its aegis: Central Hindi Directorate, Centre for Scientific and Technical Terminology, Central Hindi Institute, Central Institute of Indian Languages, National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (RSKS), Maharishi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVVP), Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages.



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