New Deihi, May 24: Malayalam language will sooner be a classical language. The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Malayalam as a ‘classical’ language. It is after three years of deliberation, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave Malayalam language the classical status.
Malayalam will the join the club as 5th language with Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Sanskrit. The Cabinet decision would be subject to the final decision in a writ petition pending before the Madras High Court, said the Ministry of Culture.
Kerala welcomed the decision of Union Cabinet to approve classical status for Malayalam language. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy thanked the Central government for recognizing Malayalam language.
"Through this, it has been proved that Malayalam language and culture is not behind any other language or culture. This is going to give a greater impetus to Malayalam and further its progress," Chandy said in a statement.
Opposition leader and former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan whose government had initiated the preparatory work for the classical status said, "Now the state government here should take steps to see that Malayalam is made as the first language in schools and also a compulsory subject."
Benefits of the classical status
The state will get INR 100 crore assistance for the promotion and development of language and literature. It also includes the announcement of two major international awards for scholars of eminence in classical Indian languages.
Also, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will be requested to create professional chairs for scholars of eminence in classical languages, which would be done initially in Central Universities. Kerala government and few other organizations made the request for the classical status of Malayalam language.
A three member expert panel from Sahithya Academy had gone through the arguments of the state and later forwarded the request to Committee of Linguistic Experts. Last hurdle was also covered by getting the approval of Union Cabinet.
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