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Unformatted text preview: irtually all in the north) speak some variation of the Sanskrit- based language brought by the Indo- Aryans, which now forms some ten distinct languages •The most common of these is Hind i, one of two ofFicial national languages, which is spoken by over one third of all Indians ! •Approximately one fourth of all Indians speak one of the four main Dravidian languages •In all, the constitution recoginizes fourteen languages, but at least another 30 languages claim over 1 million speakers each •The only other national language is English. Although only some 3 percent of the population speaks it Fluently, as in other polyglot post- colonies it has become an essential medium for national politics and commerce ! The role of Religions differences (General Notes) •80% if...
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