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Native toIndia and Nepal
RegionBihar and Jharkhand states of India and Terai region of Nepal[1]
Native speakers
(743,600 cited 1996)[2]
Devanagari, Anga Lipi, Kaithi
Official status
Official language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2anp
ISO 639-3anp

Angika (अंगिका) is a language spoken primarily in the Anga region of Bihar and Jharkhand states of India. In addition to India, it is also spoken in some parts of the Terai region of Nepal.[1] It belongs to the Eastern Indo-Aryan language family. It is closely related to languages such as Assamese, Maithili and Magahi.

Angika is not listed in the 8th schedule of the constitution of India. Nevertheless, Angika language movements have advocated its inclusion, and a submitted request is currently pending with the Government.[4] Angika is written in the Devanagari script; although the Anga Lipi and Kaithi scripts were used historically.[citation needed] Angika shows a regular contrast for animates.[5]


Angika is mainly spoken in Anga area which includes Munger, Bhagalpur and Banka districts of Bihar and the Santhal Pargana division of Jharkhand.[6] Its speakers number around 15 million people.[7] In addition to the Anga area, it is also spoken in some parts of Purnia district of Bihar.[1] However, in Purnia, it is a minority language as Purnia has a Maithil majority.[8] Apart from Bihar and Jharkhand states of India, it is also spoken in the Morang district of Nepalese Terai as a minority language. 1.9% people of Morang returned Angika as their mother tongue during the 2011 Nepal census.[9]

Relationship to Maithili

Angika was classified as a dialect of Maithili by George A. Grierson in the Linguistic Survey of India (1903).[10] However, the Angika speakers now assert its status as an independent language. When the proponents of the Maithili language in Bihar demanded use of Maithili-medium primary education in the early 20th century, the Angika speaking people did not support them, and instead favoured Hindi-medium education.[11] In the 1960s and the 1970s, when the Maithili speakers demanded a separate Mithila state, the Angika and Bajjika speakers made counter-demands for recognition of their languages.[12]

Maithili proponents believe that the Government of Bihar and the pro-Hindi Bihar Rashtrabhasha Parishad promoted Angika and Bajjika as distinct languages to weaken the Maithili language movement; many of them still consider Angika to be a dialect of Maithili.[11] People from mainly Maithil Brahmins and Karan Kayasthas castes have supported the Maithili movement, while people from various other castes in the Mithila region have projected Angika and Bajjika as their mother tongues, attempting to break away from the Maithili-based regional identity.[13]

Official status

Angika has the status of "second state language" in the Indian state of Jharkhand since 2018. It shares this status with 15 other languages, including Maithili.[3][14]

Basic vocabulary

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S.No. Angika Latin transliteration English
1 फेर मिलबे Fer milbe See you later
2 तोर नाम कि छो? Tor naam ki chho? What is your name?
3 तों किरंग छो? Ton kirang chho? How are you?

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Angika". Archived from the original on 21 March 2018.
  2. Angika at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sudhir Kumar Mishra (22 March 2018). "Bhojpuri, 3 more to get official tag". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 22 March 2018.
  4. "Languages in the Eighth Schedule". Ministry of Home Affairs. 22 December 2004. Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  5. Colin P. Masica 1993, p. 221.
  6. Colin P. Masica 1993, p. 12.
  7. Sevanti Ninan (2007). Headlines From the Heartland: Reinventing the Hindi Public Sphere. SAGE Publications. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7619-3580-3. Archived from the original on 11 May 2018.
  9. 2011 Nepal Census, Social Characteristics Tables
  10. "The Record News". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Mithilesh Kumar Jha 2017, p. 163.
  12. Kathleen Kuiper 2010, p. 57.
  13. Manish Kumar Thakur 2002, p. 208.
  14. "Jharkhand gives 2nd language status to Magahi, Angika, Bhojpuri and Maithali". United News of India. 21 March 2018. Archived from the original on 24 March 2018.


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