Reference News: The United Nations is looking to set up a multi-donor UNESCO fund for ancient-tribal languages to revitalise, preserve and promote ancient and tribal languages across the globe, including ancient Indian languages such as Prakrit, Pali and Sharda among others.
About the Chair:
The International Decade of Indigenous Languages programme by UNESCO has launched a task force, co-chaired by Ramesh Gaur, Head of Kalanidhi Division at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, and director, the National School of Drama, that aims to translate these languages, including other indigenous ones from across the world, to more accessible modern ones to preserve and promote them.
About the Fund:
UNESCO fund for ancient-tribal languages will be available to communities and non-governmental organisations.
A new action plan will be implemented by all member countries.
UNESCO established the global task force for making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages on March 22, 2021.
The members include Canada, Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Australia, India, Thailand, Gambia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
There are nearly 1,700 languages in India, out of which there is no data for 949 languages.
The fund set up by the UN can be utilised for the digital archiving of the lost languages.