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Santali is a language in the Munda subfamily of Austro-Asiatic, related to Ho and Mundari. It is spoken by about six million people in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan. Most of its speakers live in India, in the states of Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar, Orissa, Tripura, and West Bengal. It has its own alphabet, known as Ol Cemet', but literacy is very low, between 10 and 30%. Santali is spoken by the Santhals.

External links

  • Ethnologue report on Santali (http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=SNT)
  • English-Santali/Santali-English dictionaries (http://wesanthals.tripod.com/santals/id54.html)

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The Telegraph - Calcutta : Jamshedpur (398 words)
Santhali children can take a peek into the Nehru-Gandhi history and the relationship between an illustrious father and a firebrand daughter through Jawaharlal Nehru’s letters to Indira Gandhi penned while he was in Allahabad jail during the freedom struggle.
This is one of the reasons why even after the language was included in the Eighth Schedule, very few children from Santhali families were opting for it as the medium of instruction at the primary level,” Hansda said.
Apart from those living in the state, Santhali children brought up in other states and neighbouring countries, who are not aware of the rich tribal culture, might also get interested in learning the language.
The Hindu News Update Service (214 words)
Kolkata, July 10 (PTI): Santhali medium schools in West Bengal are facing a shortage of teachers and the State Government is taking steps to tide over the problem, School Education Minister Partha Dey said today.
The Government was in the process of getting textbooks written in the Alchiki script for the Santhali medium schools and the work on it was prgressing in good speed.
Asked to explain the reason for a decrease in the number of successful candidates of Santhali medium schools in the secondary examinations, Dey said since this was the last examination under the old syllabus of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, many schools had liniently marked students in the pre-secondary clearance tests.
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