Indian Parliament considers constitutional nod to Bhoti - an Indo-Tibetan language

By Tendar Tsering
DHARAMSHALA (August, 9)-- Last Friday, amidst the violatile monsoon session of the Indian parliament in Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson and Member of Parliament Tarun Vijay introduced a bill seeking Bhoti language to be recognised constitutionally.

Bhoti is a language much spoken in the Himalayan regions of India from Ladakh to Tawang across the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Tarun Vijay noted that inclusion of Bhoti language in the constitution will make the Himalayans feel more at home and less alienated from the rest of the country.

"Bhoti language is also spoken in Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, China, Mongolia and Pakistan," the national spokesperson of India's main opposition party said. "If people from different cultures, religions and countries are using this language, then it mirrors the unity in diversity."

Introducing the bill, Tarun Vijay pointed out in the parliament that the constitutional acceptance of the Bhoti language will help to strengthen the national integration.

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