Friends, Sanskrit may be an oldest language for some of you in India but certainly its not mine and many like me. For me my language Santali is one of the oldest of the Indian languages as explained rightly by Prabir.As it was a spoken language for centuries, its history, culture and tradition was passed on orally for generations in the form of songs and legends.It had no script of its own until OLCHIKI came along.Before that it was obliged to use the scripts of the regions where they lived like DEVNAGRI in Bihar, Jharkhand,BENGALI in West Bengal,ORIYA in Orissa and ROMAN in all areas during the British Raj.By the way it is now one of the Indian languages included in the schedule 8 of the constitution of India and the well wishers of the language are trying to preserve and promote the language at all level of education. Although languages, cultures and religions are important in the lives of most of us,we should leave these to individuals to relish and enjoy and not make them topics for public discussion. I can not understand why some of our members keep raising such issues in this forum. There are many topics beneficial to the group and India as a whole which we should be talking and discussing about. May I remind us all that this site was developed to discuss the developmental issues of the people of the Jharkhand region and India. I hope some of you will take notice of what I am saying and move on to more relevant and important issues. Dhuni
Dr. Dhuni Soren
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