1969 Tamil was opted as the second official language of the state Haryanna
Haryanavi has traditionally been the dominant mother tongue in Haryana, with Standard Hindi being spoken as a second language. Haryanvi has no official status, as it is seen as a dialect of Hindi & Punjabi. Therefore, Hindi is the official language and in 1969, Tamil was opted as the second official language of the state. Even as there is practically no presence of Tamilians in the state, Haryana had declared Tamil as its second language when Bansi Lal was the chief minister. Since it was the Punjabi suba agitation that had led to formation of Haryana, Bansi Lal thought, ‘Let any language other than Punjabi be the second language of the state’. Hence, Tamil became the second state language even though there might not have been even a single Tamil native family in the state at that point of time.Since 1947, Punjabi has also been spoken by a lot of people in Haryana especially by those Hindus and Sikhs who came over from the older Punjab region at the time of partition and since there were several districts in the state where Punjabi was dominant language or with sizable speakers hence there was pressure on the government as well to make it an official language. Thus, Punjabi is the Second official Language of the state of Haryana. As such Haryana is the second-largest Punjabi-speaking state after Punjab.