An online survey carried out by the Institute of Hindi & English Language (HEL) at the University of New Delhi (UND) reveals the country’s most widely used languages.
The survey of more than 8,500 people across the country found that the Hindi language is predominant in more than 20 districts and more than 40 percent of the population.
According to the survey, English is the second most popular language, followed by Telugu and Hindi.
Hindi is the third most widely heard language.
The Hindi language, however, is the oldest.
The Hindi language was the most commonly spoken in the cities, and in towns, and has been widely spoken for more than a millennium.
The data shows that the English language has been dominant for over three centuries, but that Hindi is now the second dominant language in most places.
“English was predominant for a long time and the only other language that emerged in the 21st century was Telugu,” said a senior lecturer in the Institute.
“It is a major development and will help to change the landscape of India,” said Kishore Goyal, director general of the Institute and a former professor of linguistics.
Goyal said the findings showed that the languages spoken by a majority of people have a big impact on society.
“The way that we speak, and the way we learn to use our language, has been changing.
There is no reason why the two languages should not coexist and work together in a symbiotic way,” he said.
Hindi, however has a long way to go to make it a global language, and there are still many hurdles to overcome, said Goyal.
“Hindis languages and culture are very unique.
People of different nationalities are using the same words and the same grammar in different ways, and some of the words are used in different contexts,” he added.
The report also reveals that Hindi-medium schools and colleges are doing well in rural India, but are struggling to catch up with the demand for language-based learning.
The demand for Hindi-based instruction is increasing.
The institute conducted a survey in 2015 and found that Hindi had grown more than 100 percent in rural areas from 2001 to 2015, and that the demand of Hindi-language education is growing rapidly.
“This has meant that our teaching staff are now tasked with preparing courses for Hindi speakers,” said Goya Kumar, director of the Hindi-Mangalore Institute of Education (HMICE), one of the institutes.
The government is investing in Hindi-speaking schools and institutes, and plans to create 200 more such centres by 2019, he added, adding that these institutes will also help students learn other languages.
Hindu nationalist groups have been criticising the government over the issue of Hindi and its impact on education.
The Hindu Mahasabha and its members have alleged that the government is not allowing the growth of the language in its schools, and are opposing efforts to encourage more immersion in Hindi, a popular medium for communication.
The Hindutva organisations have also accused the government of trying to divert attention from the countrys economic woes and economic problems in the country, by introducing Hindi as a second language in schools and institutions.