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India releases first edition of Dogri version of Indian Constitution

On April 10, 2023, India released the first edition of the Dogri version of the Indian Constitution. The release of this version is a significant step towards promoting linguistic diversity and preserving the cultural heritage of the country.

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About Dogri Language:

  • Dogri is a language spoken in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and is one of the 22 official languages recognized by the Indian Constitution.
  • Dogri is one of the official languages of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. On 22 December 2003, in a major milestone for the official status of the language, Dogri was recognized as a national language of India in the Indian constitution.
  • The earliest written reference to Dogri (using the paleonym Duggar) is found in the Nuh sipihr (“The Nine Heavens”), written by the poet Amir Khosrow in 1317 CE.
  • Dogri is descended from Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas (1500–1200 BCE).

More About The Dogri version of Indian Constitution :

Union Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Kiren Rijiju released the first edition of the Dogri version of the Constitution of India at University of Jammu.

The translation of the Constitution into different languages is not a new concept. The Constitution was originally written in English and Hindi and has since been translated into several other languages. The translation of the Constitution into Dogri was a long-standing demand of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and its release has been welcomed by the people of the state.

Significance of the Dogri version of the Constitution:

The Dogri version of the Constitution will help people who speak this language understand the fundamental rights and duties of citizens, the functioning of the government, and the role of various institutions in the country. It will also promote awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the people of Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country where Dogri is spoken.

The release of the Dogri version of the Constitution is a step towards fulfilling the constitutional mandate of promoting linguistic diversity in India. The Indian Constitution recognizes the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of the country and provides for the development and promotion of various languages. The release of the Dogri version of the Constitution is a testament to this commitment.

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