The Hindu reports on an effort to standardize keypads in mobiles to facilitate SMS in Tamil.
The Association Of Tamil Computing Professionals says : “Majority of mobile phone users in Tamil Nadu do not know English and use the phone only for receiving/making calls.”
This is a very important development. In all probablility, mobile usage will grow faster than internet usage simply because of the number of mobile devices out there. Regional language support will accelerate this further. Baby steps towards a participatory web of the future in India.