Open Letter to Nokia
I belong to a state in India, called Kerala. I am writing this in English so some of you can read and understand the urgency of the hour. We Malayalees are a bunch of very industrious and creative folks. I think there are about 35 million of us. That's twice as much as the Netherlands. Yet Dutch is a language supported on most of your handsets. Malayalam is not. Quite a few Malayalees actually work in your offices and development centres all over the world.
The Malayalam edition of wikipedia has over 10,000 articles making it the highest number for any Indian language after Telugu. There are over one million Malayalees who communicate in Malayalam via Blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Yet you seem totally oblivious to our existence. Over five million Malayalees are wealthy expatriates who have enough money to buy mobile phones for themselves, their kids and their pet dogs. So there need not be any doubts about the buying power of Malayalees.
Kerala is a young, vibrant and exciting place with over 10 million mobile handset users. Most of them buying your products. And this number is increasing by the minute. However very few of those handsets allow communication in Malayalam. As far as I know none of the high end business phones support Malayalam as a communication Language. They communicate using latin characters, which does not even come close to a proper solution. We cannot be forced into using English or Latin to express our deepest emotions. Our songs of love and grief are not in written English. Our hymns and lamentations were not written in English. Our martyrs did not sing their songs of revolt in English. They were written in our beautiful Malayalam script. We have a right to use our language to communicate at least within our own soil. We demand freedom of expression.
All we ask of you is to write a simple rendering engine to support indic-unicode and include it in all new Models of Nokia sold in India. I am sure this can't be difficult for you guys. I for one will gladly promote your handsets.
Help us win our freedom. Help us communicate.
Malayalam support on Nokia. Now!