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Indian subcontinent is a land of diversity. Varied culture, tradition, language, ethnicity, religion, food style and many others aspects are the heart and soul of our country. The relationship between language and the internet is a growing area of policy interest and academic study.  The idea of connecting such a heterogeneous population through the concept of digitization is challenging. Though there is an increase in the usage of internet with over 405million users, implementing software to support over 780 languages is strenuous. In India, over 220 languages have died in the past 50 years and 197 others are categorized as endangered by UNESCO. Digitization helps in storage and transmission of these languages apart from information, texts, image, document, etc. It aids better information exchange, enhanced preservation and organization of content. The paper attempts to study the importance of local languages in promoting and connecting the various sections of the society through digitization and present case studies to highlight the significance of native languages in the age of digital humanities. The problems faced in catering to various dialects of indigenous languages and developing software to languages without written systems will also be discussed.

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