[lg policy] India: Language Policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed May 31 11:24:55 EDT 2017

 Language policy
May 31, 2017 00:35 IST
Updated: May 31, 2017 00:35 IST

It is important to continue with English as one of the prime languages
(“Beyond the language conflict,” May 30). Given the international relevance
of English, we cannot afford to regress at the world level. On the other
hand, Hindi may be given a dominant place but not at the cost of other
languages. The proposed move, where it is being suggested that Hindi be
made the link language, will impose unnecessary burden on the people of
non-Hindi-speaking States to learn Hindi. A contrarian view could be that
it will be extremely useful for people from the north to learn a south
Indian language, or even for people from the south to learn the language of
the neighbouring States. The growing importance of cities like Hyderabad,
Bengaluru and Chennai as a source of employment can actually serve as a
link to their languages and cultures.

Raghav R.N.,


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