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Hindi added most speakers in 10 yrs: Where do other Indian languages stand?

Marathi with 83 million speakers displaced Telugu (81 million) to become the third most common mother tongue after Hindi and Bengali

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A man talks on his mobile phone while walking on a road in Kolkata (Photo: Reuters)

Hindi was the fastest growing language in India at 25.19% adding close to a 100 million speakers between 2001-2011.
Kashmiri (22.97%), Gujarat (20.4%), Manipuri (20.07%), and Bengali (16.63%) are the second, third and fourth fastest growing languages, respectively, according to new census data.
Hindi (520 million speakers) and Bengali (97 million speakers) remain the most spoken and the second most spoken language across the country.

There are now 260,000 people who deem English as their mother tongue; up from 226,000 in 2001, an increase of 14.67%.
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First Published: Jun 29 2018 | 8:55 AM IST

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