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Is 2012 the year for recognition of Indian languages on the internet?

The year 2012 seems to have begun well for the Indic space – print and online media in India have been writing about Indian language space on the internet. Economic Times on Jan 24, 2012 (Republic Day) carried an article titled “Internet’s Next Growth Story to be Scripted in Vernacular Languages” (epaper, scanned version) and “Start-ups Eyeing Non-English Space ” (scanned version). The author of the article had called me few weeks ago but I wasn’t sure when this article was going to be published. Oneindia.in has been mentioned in the article as we are a major player in the Indian language space.

Few highlights from that ET article are as follows,

Today an article in Business Standard says in the next 5 years (by 2017) each language will attract 20 million additional new internet users.

We, those in Indian language space, know we are not there yet. But the traction can be seen and I believe it will show good results in the coming 2 years.