[lg policy] This is what Punekars have to say about having a unified language across India.

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 24 14:16:19 UTC 2014

This is what Punekars have to say about having a unified language across
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 10:51am IST | Place: undefined | Agency: DNA





Centre’s order for priority to Hindi on official social media interactions
has attracted criticism for the government from across sectors. dna seeks
its readers’ reactions

   - *DNA Correspondent* *DNA*

*If not Hindi, then let us adopt English*

The country is in need of one language which unites everyone. Instead of
critising the attempt to promote Hindi, the southern states should consider
this fact that India needs a language which they can call as its national
language. I feel, India is the only country in the world which does not has
a common language spoken across the states. We have a huge population, but
only 3.5 per cent of the population speak English. As the country does not
have a national language which is accepted by all states, the unity of its
people can be in a disturbed state. If a Maharashtrian goes to Karnataka,
he finds himself as a stranger in his own country due to language issues.
What the country needs today is one language that it can call its own. So
if not Hindi, then let’s make it English. This debate over Hindi as a
national language should not be politicised and divide the country.

— Rajan Khan, Marathi writer

*This will create unnecessary discord*

It is wrong on the government’s part to be pushy in promoting Hindi as an
official language on the social media. It is not a language that can be
spoken all the way from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. India is a diverse country
where different people speak different languages and imposing Hindi
language is not possible. It is not easy for all the people to learn Hindi.
Not everyone knows Hindi in this country. The attempt to impose Hindi on
the non-Hindi speaking population will create unnecessary discord in the
country. There are many people from the south Indians states who do not
know the language and do not even want to learn it. This issue was raised
even in the past. Marathi people know Hindi because of their devanagari
script, but people from other parts of the country have different scripts
for their languages. Uniform Language Policy can not be imposed in a
diverse country like India.
— Salim Sheikh, advocate and social activist

*Indians must cherish their polyglot identity*

The new government is merely trying to promote Hindi which is also the
state language. This is a significant move since social media is making
inroads and covering a substantial section of our society. Every nation
seeks to have a link language and Hindi is spoken by a substantial section,
the exceptions being the Northeastern states and Tamil Nadu. While other
southern states have benefited by the three language policy, the linguistic
sub nationalism remains an easy political tool of convenience, in the
political spectrum of Tamil Nadu. This issue must be addressed in a
holistic manner, lest a sense of second class citizenship emerges based on
the linguistic affiliation. The government at the same time must ensure
promotion of languages such as Marathi, Tamil and Telugu in the north,
through its Kendriya Vidyalayas, in order to promote our rich cultural
heritage and polyglot identity. Moreover, in an age of IT revolution, no
state in the world can afford to impose any language.
— R Radhakrishnan, political analyst

*Southern states are not comfortable with Hindi*

India is not a homogeneous country, but it is highly heterogeneous. It is a
nation of several languages and traditions. Hindi is a language which is
predominantly spoken in the northern part of the country. Hindi is not a
national language but is an official language. Therefore, all over the
nation, English and Hindi are predominately used to communicate. English
is, however, preferred as it is a universal language. South Indian states
are not comfortable with Hindi and find it difficult to adjust with it.
Even in the past when this move was taken up, many opposed the move as they
did not want Hindi to be forced on them. If over 40 to 50 per cent of the
population in the country is opposing the governments move to promote Hindi
as a official language, then the government should stop doing it.
— Harshad Bhosale, assistant professor, political science

*We should respect other languages*

Basically, being a south Indian, I have never learnt Hindi during my school
days. However, later I realised the need of the language and grasped it
quickly. According to me, any person getting an opportunity to learn a
language is really a good thing. However, core South Indians love their
native languages and are proud of it, but we should understand that being
in a democratic country, we should also respect other languages and should
have a bridge language for communication between different communities and
religions. Many of the central government people are deployed in various
states and Hindi is the official language to communicate with the
non-regional language speaking people in the office. However, directly
imposing Hindi language will only lead into agitation. There should be a
motive to pursue anything in life even if it is a language. The government
should think in this direction and act accordingly.
— Vamshi Gangula, student

*A person is free to choose his language*

Imposing Hindi as the official language all over the country is not
possible because the states which are into regional speaking domination
won’t accept such a sudden move. States such as Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu don’t have Hindi being taught in their schools.
Sudden imposing of Hindi will be difficult for those who have never used
Hindi for communication ever in their life. English is, however, a more
preferable language
than Hindi in our country, as it has become an official language of
communication across all states. India is democratic country
and every citizen has the freedom of expression and speech. Therefore, a
person has a freedom of choice to use any language of his/her preference.
However, the country needs one commonly used language so that a person
feels at home while travelling to any part of the country. Language should
not act as a barrier.
—Sunny Pabba, student


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