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The Language Friendship Bridge

The Language Friendship Bridge:

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has envisaged a project called ‘The Language Friendship Bridge’, which aims to expand cultural footprint in neighborhoods with whom India has historical ties.

  • The project aims to enable India to translate its epics and classics, as well as contemporary literature, into these languages so that people in both countries can read them.
  • The Project will create a pool of experts in languages spoken in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Indonesia to facilitate better people-to-people exchanges.
  • It will train five to 10 people in the official languages of each of these countries.
  • As of now, the ICCR has zeroed in on 10 languages: Kazakh, Uzbek, Bhutanese, Ghoti (spoken in Tibet), Burmese, Khmer (spoken in Cambodia), Thai, Sinhalese and Bahasa (spoken in both Indonesia and Malaysia).
  • Though a number of universities and institutes offer courses in these languages, only a handful teach any of the 10 languages on the ICCR list.