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Gujarati Language

One of the most popular Indo-Aryan languages of India, Gujarati is a prominent part of the Indo-European language family.

It is primarily spoken in the Indian state of Gujarat, and also happens to be the official language of the union territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Officially, the roots of Gujarati lie with Gujjars, who were the rulers of Punjab as well as Rajputana. As on today, Gujarati has around 65.5 million speakers in the whole wide world, and approximately 54.6 million in the country of India, which amounts to 4.5% of the Indian population. Gujarati also happens to be the 26th most spoken native language in the whole world.

Coming to its historical association with prominent figures of the country, Gujarati was the mother tongue of the father of the nation and freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, and also of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Like other popular languages in India, Gujarati too borrows a lot of its elements from Sanskrit and Prakrit. It attained its official status and now is one of the 22 official languages of India and one among the 14 regional languages of the country.

The two major dialects of Gujarati are: Hindu Gujarati and Parsi Gujarati. Some of the other dialects are Tarimuki, Surati, Kakari, Kharwa, Gamadiya, and Kathiyawadi.

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