Hindi mother tongue of 44% in India, Bangla second most spoken

The percentage of Indian population with Hindi as their mother tongue has risen to 43.63% from 41.03% in 2001.
While the percentage of people in India who listed Bengali as their mother tongue went up to 8.3% of the total population from 8.11% in the 2001 census, Marathi speakers as a percentage of the population grew from 6.99% in 2001 to 7.09% in 2011. Those returning Telugu as their mother tongue were down from 7.19% to 6.93%.
Sanskrit was the least spoken of the country\'s 22 scheduled languages.

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