No deadline can be fixed for declaring Telugu as Classical language

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (UNI) Seeking to ward off the demand for declaring Telugu as 'Classical Language', the Culture Ministry today said no deadline can be fixed for it.

In a written reply to a question of Mr Mysura Reddy, TDP, Minister for Culture Ambika Soni said in the Rajya Sabha that the government had received representations to declare Telugu as the classical language and the same were forwarded to the Sahitya Academy for action.

A committee, headed by linguistic experts, was set up to consider such representations and the proposal for getting into depth of the matter. The whole process was elaborate and no deadline could be fixed for the purpose, the minister stated.

Only Sanskrit and Tamil have been declared as 'classical language'. Kannada and Telugu languages too have been demanding the same status considering the antiquity of the two languages after Tamil was accorded 'classical language' status.

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