Bodo Language and its Script - Background Context
Bodo Language is one of the important aspects mentioned in the Bodo Accord, recently been signed.
Bodo Language Important Key Facts:
- Approximately 1.5 million native speakers (Census 2011).
- Listed and mentioned in the Schedule of the constitution.
- Bodo language speakers are found in the state of Assam, the State of Nagaland, West Bengal, and Meghalaya.
- Written in the Devanagari script, recognized by the Govt. of India as the official script.
- Earlier Bodo language was read and written using Assamese and Bangla script along with the roman script.
- In ancient times pre - 13th century era, it was popularly known as “Deodhai”.
Assurance in the accord regarding the Bodo language
- In Bodo Accord, the language was mentioned and listed in the eighth schedule.
- Honored to be recognized as the first tribal to be listed in the eight schedules.
- Since 1986, It was also recognized as the “official associate language” in Goalpara district located in the State of Assam.
- With new updates from the year 2020, the Bodo Accord announced the Bodo language as the official associate language in the whole of Assam.
- The new Accord also assured to institute the independent directorate for Bodo medium schools, and junior colleges in the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) and promised also to construct and institute the Centre of Excellence cum Cultural Complex in Kokrajhar town for protection, development, and promotion of the Bodo language.