Antea wrote:Aah, Ok. When I was looking at it, I just remembered that my teacher of Hindi said that she also spoke Sindhi. So I was looking for the language, and saw it was missing. So, yes, this map is incomplete...
Sindhi speakers don't form the majority population in any state. They're mostly people who came from Pakistan after Partition, except for the speakers of the Kutchi variety in northwestern Gujarat.
OldBoring wrote:Maybe those are only the official languages in each state?
No, it's not that either. Some of these states have more than one official language, and for a number of the northeastern ones English is the main official language. For example:http://www.lawsofindia.org/pdf/sikkim/1977/1977SK5.pdf
Hindi isn't one of the languages mentioned for Sikkim, and English is given a higher (in practice probably meaning real official status rather than a symbolic one) official status than Nepali, Bhutia, Limbu or Lepcha.
I guess they wanted to show the most widely spoken language in each state, and just took a very wide definition of Hindi so that it would include all Bihari (Bhojpuri, Maithili), Rajasthani (Marwari), Western Hindi (Hindi proper, Haryanvi), Eastern Hindi (Awadhi, Chhattisgarhi) and Central/Western Pahari (Kumaoni, Garhwali, Kangri) languages. The way Sikkim is coloured must just be a mistake, as I'm not aware of Eastern Pahari langauges ever being considered to fall under "Hindi" and Hindi doesn't have official status in either Sikkim or Nepal.