Sahil Kini: The India Internet – in 780 Languages, 86 Scripts, 29 Major Languages, 22 of Them Official

Advanced Cyber/IO
Sahil Kini
Sahil Kini

One LaaS Thing: Building the Indian Internet in local languages

India today speaks 780 languages represented in 86 different scripts. 29 of them are spoken by at least a million people, 22 are recognized by the Constitution as official languages. One of them, of course, is English. From being the language of colonial oppression, it has now risen to the status of the language of aspiration. Whenever I bring up the topic of the need for the promotion of India languages, I’m waved away by most who say that the rise of English speakers is inevitable. And perhaps it is.