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 My own feeling (not entirely seriously) has long been
> >that Malayalam should be the national language of India.  Reasons:

> >2. Its high literacy rate means there are (perhaps) more readers of
> >Malayalam than any other Indian language, including Hindi.

This is probably not true; Malayalam does have the highest literacy rate,
but with  a population  of speakers somewhere between 20 and 25 million,
and a 75% literacy rate, that gives 15 million or so readers; surely there
are at least that many literate speakers of Hindi?

H. Schiffman


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