[lg policy] Indians tweet up for linguistic equality and against Hindi imposition

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sun Aug 16 18:51:29 UTC 2015

Indians tweet up for linguistic equality and against Hindi imposition
Posted on: 07:58 AM IST Aug 16, 2015 | Updated on: 10:30 am,Aug 16,2015 IST
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On the occasion of 69th Indian Independence day, we all need to remember
that this day was achieved by the sacrifices and struggles of millions of
people across various parts the sub-continent. There were people from all
regions of India in the freedom struggle. People living in erstwhile
independent colonies like that of the Mysuru agreed to join the Indian
union post-independence with a hope that there would be one country formed
on the lines of equality and we all shall equally benefit from democracy
since it would be self-rule. Recalling Mahatma Gandhi's words - "Good
governance is not a substitute for Self-governance". Hence the expectation
from the unified India, independent from British rule was clearly
"self-rule". But today, when we retrospect on the way the Union government
has functioned in the past 7 decades, self-rule still seems to be a myth
for non-Hindi speakers since the Union-government does not speak their

The Indian Constitution was framed with an oath to secure to all its'
citizens - Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. But the Articles
343-351 of the Indian Constitution declares that only Hindi and English
shall prevail as the official languages of Indian Union thereby
contradicting with the preamble which vows to assure justice, liberty,
equality and fraternity. Further, the Official Languages Act makes it the
duty of the Central government to effectively implement this flawed
language policy. The language policy of the Indian Union has put millions
of Indians from non-Hindi regions to disadvantage in their interactions
with the Union government. Banks, post offices, railways, insurance,
airways, passport - all departments operating under the Union list follow
the language policy of the Union government and hence use Hindi and English
only in their day to day transactions. Not just that, but Central
government employees in non-Hindi regions are rewarded for using Hindi in
their day to day transactions and administration. Union government does not
carry out such promotional activities for any other Indian language apart
from Hindi.


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