Official, but Not National
India, the second most populous country in the world at just over 1 billion, is very complicated.
To illustrate, on this day in 1949 Hindi was granted by the Constituent Assembly as the official language of India, along with English, but not the national language.
While Hindi is the first language to about 47% of the population, there are about 1400 native languages spoken in India, belonging to seven language families. So, if you want diversity in languages, head to India.
For perspective, it is estimated that there are 7000 languages on Earth.
Cooke’s map of India from 1810 is shown here.
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