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Himachal seeks Pahari language in 8th Schedule of Constitution


Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Assembly today adopted a resolution recommending the Union government to include Pahari language of the state in the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Soon after the Question Hour, the House unanimously resoled over this move presented by State Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal when it was passed by a voice vote. “Pahari is spoken not only in the state but also in neighboring states. It’s rich in literature and needs to be preserved,” Dhumal said.

“The Pahari language is present in 10 local dialects, including Sirmauri, Kulluvi, Kangri and Mahasuvi,” he added. He said that Pahari language is being written in ‘Tankri script’ and it has more than 300 poetic collections, 21 works of fiction, 77 stories and 34 literary books of literature. The Chief Minister said that two national-level awards have been also given to two Pahari authors – Pratiush Gulari and Gaotum Sharma.

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