The Odisha state cabinet has granted its approval to a proposal recommending the addition of the Kui language to the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India. The cabinet has determined that this inclusion will not have any financial implications.
About the Kui Language:
The Kui language, also known as Kandh, Khondi, Kanda, Kodu, or Kuinga, is spoken by the tribal population of Odisha, India. It is a South-Eastern Dravidian language predominantly used by the Kandhas or Kondhs residing in the hilly and forested regions of Odisha.
Kui is primarily spoken in areas such as Phulbani (Kondhamal), Boudh, Koraput, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Nabarangpur, Sonepur, Angul, and Dhenkanal districts in South and central Odisha. The language shares similarities with Gondi and Kuvi and is written in the Odia script.
According to the Indian census, there are approximately 941,488 speakers of the Kui language, making it potentially vulnerable and necessitating efforts for its preservation.
Significance of Inclusion in the 8th Schedule:
The cabinet committee estimates that over 700,000 individuals from the Kandh tribe in Odisha will benefit from this decision.
The addition of the Kui language to the 8th schedule will aid in preserving, promoting, and propagating the language and its associated culture.
Recognition of the language will boost its status, facilitating the publication and creation of content in Kui.
This step will also establish an ecosystem that supports research and studies of the Kui language.
The approval of the Odisha state cabinet for the inclusion of the Kui language in the Constitution’s 8th schedule marks an important milestone in the preservation and promotion of linguistic diversity. The decision is expected to benefit the Kandh tribe and contribute to the safeguarding and propagation of the Kui language and its rich cultural heritage. Moreover, the addition of Kui will facilitate the development of a supportive environment for research and studies focused on the language.
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