Official State Languages query

David Magier magier at
Mon Aug 19 16:26:00 UTC 1996

> The status of Official Language should
> include the right to open schools in these languages. It is true the list
> of category (iii) would be huge, but after all the 'right to schools' does
> not necessarily mean that the government has to run these schools, only
> that people who have the money and energy for it can open such schools if
> they wish.

The situation may be a bit more politically complex than this implies.
For example, there are tremendous state subsidies for production of
textbooks (which is a very profitable business if you are publishing a
officially required text), but only in the "official" languages. Thus,
someone publishing a school textbook in, say, Marwari, will be unable
to sell copies, and unable to garner the publication subsidies that would
automatically go to the publisher of, say, a recognized Hindi textbook.

David Magier

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