India has 427 spoken languages and it stands 4th worldwide for maximum number of local languages.
I was pretty surprised to know some of the facts like:
- Hindi is the 3rd most spoken language worldwide.
- Bengali is 8th most spoken language worldwide.
- Punjabi is 11th most spoken language worldwide.
While two of the Indian languages figure in the top 10 charts of the spoken languages worldwide, the interesting and surprising fact is that none of the Indian language figure in the top 10 charts of Internet languages.
Besides this, IAMAI also did a study which found out that total number of internet portals delivering the content in one of the Indian regional language looks to be very demotivating at just 1249.
Above table shows the breakup of the regional content portals across 8 major languages in India.
While Hindi scored the highest; Tamil, Telugu and Bengali trailed behind by a huge gap.
Marathi has the least number of portals, while population-wise Mumbai is the third largest city in the world. Kannada is as bad as Marathi, being even the silicon valley of India.
Wondering if it is the technology constraint in these cities or that the English domination is much more here?
Among all the categories, Map portals show the widest gap of delivering the vernacular content. Pretty much the time for GIS/ LBS industry to really think about the masses and get local in real sense; not just for the heck of saying it.
I think it is only Yahoo Maps that provide vernacular content for the Indian region today, while Microsoft and Google are far behind.
Would love to see what Nokia India is really upto!