Meet Ganesh Birua, a champion who is bringing the indigenous Ho language online

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Ganesh Birua, language activist. Image via Ganesh Birua. Used with permission. This post is part of a series of interviews with our guest hosts of the @AsiaLangsOnline rotating Twitter campaign at Rising Voices. Ganesh Birua is a young activist from Dighiabeda village in the Mayurbhanj district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha. He is the first person in his village to use the internet for a cause. In 2014, he opened his first Facebook account and couldn’t find his mother tongue, the tribal Ho language on the internet. Ho is a Munda language of the Austroasiatic language family and is spok…

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