India has been referred to as a 'sociolinguistic giant'. Many Language movements took place in India. It was in the form of Urdu Language Movement, Pure Tamil Movement, Kannad Movement, Bangla movement which was an agitation against the implementation of Hindi as the official language of India.
Language Movements took the shape of National and Historical movements many times in India. India has 22 listed official Languages and about 2000 dialects a dozen ethnic groups, 7 religious communities fragmented into many sects, castes and sub-castes that inhabit its 58 socio-cultural sub-regions, which are cautious of the existence of their language and culture.
First trace of Indian Language movement took place during Mughal period in the form of Urdu Language Movement. In Independent India Pure Tamil Movement was the agitation against the implementation of Hindi as the official language of India known as Anti-Hindi agitations. In Karnataka V.K. Gokak opposed the use of Hindi Language and agitated for the Language status of the Kannada Language in Karnataka. The Bengali Language Movement was a political movement in former East Bengal which after years of conflict granted official status in 1956. Recently Code switching or Hinglish is recognized as official language by Indian Government. Later on in 1999, UNESCO interfered in the matter of language and declared 21st February as International Mother Language Day, in tribute to the Language Movement and the ethno- linguistic rights of people around the world.
The panel will try to find out many other language movements and their consequences in the present India. Papers related to language, communication, language varieties, standard and non standard language, dialect, register, slang, pidgin, Creole, language change will be accepted in the panel.