Shiv Sena MPs urge Union Home Min Amit Shah to immediately accord classical language status to Marathi

The delegation argued that the issue has been pursued by the state government and also by various organisations but there was no decision yet by the Centre.

Sanjay JogUpdated: Tuesday, August 02, 2022, 06:09 PM IST
article-image
Shiv Sena MPs with Union Home Min Amit Shah |

After joining the Shinde camp, the Shiv Sena Parliamentary Party MPs led by Rahul Shewale at their maiden meeting on Tuesday with the union home minister made a strong pitch to immediately accord classical language status to Marathi. The delegation argued that the issue has been pursued by the state government and also by various organisations but there was no decision yet by the Centre.

The delegation said that funds will be available for the preservation and development of Marathi language after classical language status will be accorded. It would be possible to set up a separate cell in universities across the country to teach Marathi. It would also help further strengthen the libraries run for the spread of Marathi language.

Similar demand was made by the BJP led government during 2014-19 and later by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Shewale, who is now the Shiv Sena Parliamentary Party leader in the Lok Sabha, said the Centre has already accorded classical language status to Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannad, Telgu, Malyalam and Odia. ''The state government appointed committee headed by Prof Ranganath Pathre in 2012 had submitted its report to the Centre in 2013 recommending classical language status to Marathi. Marathi is a rich language having more than 2,500 years of tradition. The committee has said that Marathi language fulfills all the prescribed criterias to get classical language status,'' he added.

Shewale recalled that even after the Madras high court disposed of the case on providing classical language status to Matathi in 2016 there has been no decision yet.

According to the state Marathi language department, once a language is notified as classical, two annual awards are given to scholars of that language, a centre of excellence for studies in that language is set up and the UGC is asked to create a chair for that language at central universities.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

J&K: Two LeT militants, involved in killing of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat, gunned down in Budgam...

J&K: Two LeT militants, involved in killing of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat, gunned down in Budgam...

Mumbai: Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, nurses from BMC-run hospitals tie rakhis to former CM Uddhav...

Mumbai: Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, nurses from BMC-run hospitals tie rakhis to former CM Uddhav...

On World Biofuel Day, PM Modi dedicates 2G ethanol plant in Panipat to the nation

On World Biofuel Day, PM Modi dedicates 2G ethanol plant in Panipat to the nation

Phoenix from the Ashes: When and Where to watch documentary on England cricketer Ben Stokes

Phoenix from the Ashes: When and Where to watch documentary on England cricketer Ben Stokes

Mumbai updates: Cops seize 266 kg ganja worth Rs 80 lakh

Mumbai updates: Cops seize 266 kg ganja worth Rs 80 lakh