In a move to strengthen the ongoing campaign to include Tulu language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade made a fervent appeal in Tulu to PM Modi to include the language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
Making his appeal in Tulu, Heggade said "Tulu is our mother tongue, and we have been appealing to accord official status to the language by including it in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution," as crowds cheered him. He further said that a memorandum in this regard had been submitted to him and the government should not delay in doing so.
It may be recalled here that a twitter campaign to include the language in the Eighth Schedule has been going since a few months. In August, Tulu lovers had launched an online campaign with hashtag #TuluTo8thSchedule. There were WhatsApp groups dedicated to this. Ever since the Union government mentioned in the Lok Sabha (last July) that demand to include Tulu language (among other 38 more languages) was pending, the campaign to have Tulu language in the 8th Schedule has been gaining strength. Besides, nothing much has been evolved from the Pahwa and Sitkakant Mohapatra committees formed to look into these demands.
Tulu is the native language of coastal Karnataka. If Tulu language is included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution, it would be recognised by the Sahitya Akademi. Not just that, the elected representatives from the Tulu-speaking region can ask their questions in Tulu in Parliament or State Assembly.