The Tolong Siki alphabet was devised by Dr Narayan Oraon, a doctor from Jharkhand, with assistance from Francis Ekka, the former director of the Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) in Mysore; Ramdayal Munda, the former Vice Chancellor of Ranchi University; and Nirmal Minz.
In 1989 Dr Oraon decided to create a new script for his native language, Kurukh, which is usually written with the Devanagari alphabet. His alphabet was published on 15th May 1999, and introduced into some schools later that year. It was formally recognised by the government of Jharkhand in 2007.
Tolong Siki is now promoted by the Kurukh Literary Society, and quite a few books and magazines have been published in it. It also taught in a number of schools.
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होरमा आलारिन हक गहि बारे नू मल्लीन्ता अज़ादी अरा आण्टेम मन्ना गही हक़ ख़खरकी रई। आरिन लूर अरा जिया गही दव बउसा ख़खकी रई अरा तम्हैं मझी नू मेल-प्रेम गही बेवहार ननना चही।
Hormā ālārin hak gahi bāre nū mallintā azādi arā aṅṭem mannā gahi haq xakharki raī. Ārin lur arā jiyā gahi dav bausā xakhakī raī arā tumhēṅ majhī nū mel-prem gahi bevhār nannā cahī.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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Information about Tolong Siki
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