HNLC calls inclusion of Khasi language in Google Translate a historic milestone

Shillong, July 1: The banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militant group on Monday termed the inclusion of Khasi language in Google Translate as a “historic milestone”.

Google has included Khasi as one of the many languages ​​that will be available for translation through its AI tool. Google has actually included 110 languages, covering an estimated 614 million speakers around the world.

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In a statement, HNLC's self-proclaimed general secretary and publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw, said Khasi language has been recognised by Google Translate among 7,000 languages ​​spoken across the world and 700 languages ​​spoken in India. “This is a historic milestone,” he said.

Also, the HNLC criticised the state and central governments for their failure to include the Khasi and Garo languages ​​in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

The organisation said recognition of the Khasi language is a matter of “cultural pride and unity” and also opens up possibilities for socio-economic progress and communal welfare.

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He said that collective advocacy is now needed to get Khasi included by Google for translation so that the central government can include this language in the Eighth Schedule.

Nongtraw claimed that the government's failure to officially recognise the Khasi language was intended to “suppress, isolate and alienate” the people from their historical roots and hinder its education.

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