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Languages

India is home to several hundred languages. Most Indians speak a language belonging to the families of the Indo-Aryan branch of Indo-European (c. 77%), the Dravidian (c. 20.61%), the Austro-Asiatic (Munda) (c. 1.2%), or the Sino-Tibetan (c. 0.8%), with some languages of the Himalayas still unclassified. The SIL Ethnologue lists 415 living languages for India.

India has 23 constitutionally recognized official languages. Hindi and English are typically used as an official language by the Central Government. State governments use respective official languages.

Hindi is the most widely spoken language in northern parts of India. The Indian census takes the widest possible definition of "Hindi" as a broad variety of "Hindi languages". According to 2001 Census, 53.6% of the Indian population declared that they speak Hindi as either their first or second language, in which 41% of them have declared it as their native language or mother tongue. 12% of Indians declared that they can speak English as a second language.

Urdu and Telugu are also the official languages of the newly formed state of Telangana.

Besides these, there are other languages, which are spoken by large masses but have still not acquired the status of Scheduled Languages of India. These languages spoken by regional people are known as regional languages of India. These include Rajasthani, Haryanvi, Bhili, Gondi and Tulu among others.

Some Indian languages are not widely spoken and have been given the status of minority languages. Mahl and Portuguese languages come under this category.

List of the Indian languages along with their Official Languages:

S.No States Official Languages Additional Official Languages
1 Andhra Pradesh Telugu Urdu
2 Arunachal Pradesh English
3 Assam Assamese
4 Bihar Hindi Urdu
5 Chhattisgarh Hind
6 Goa Konkani Marathi
7 Gujarat Gujarati
8 Haryana Hindi
9 Himachal Pradesh Hindi English
10 Jammu and Kashmir Urdu
11 Jharkhand Hindi Urdu
12 Karnataka Kannada
13 Kerala Malayalam
14 Madhya Pradesh Hindi
15 Maharashtra Marathi
16 Manipur Manipuri English
17 Meghalaya English Khasi
18 Mizoram Mizo, English, Hindi
19 Nagaland English
20 Odisha Odia
S.No States Official Languages Additional Official Languages
21 Punjab Punjabi (in Gurumukhi Script)
22 Rajasthan Hindi English
23 Sikkim English
24 Tamil Nadu Tamil English
25 Telangana Telugu and Urdu
26 Tripura Bengali, Kokborok and English
27 Uttar Pradesh Hindi Urdu
28 Uttarakhand Hindi
29 West Bengal Bengali Hindi, Urdu, Santhali, Oriya and Punjabi, Nepali
30 Andaman and Nicobar Islands English,Hindi
31 Chandigarh English Punjabi and Hindi
32 Dadra and Nagar Haveli Hindi and Gujarathi Marathi
33 Daman and Diu Konkani and Gujarati
34 Delhi Hindi Punjabi,Urdu
35 Lakshadweep English Hindi
36 Puducherry Tamil,English Malayalam and Telugu