[lg policy] Naidu advises MPs to talk in Hindi without hesitation

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 11:02:09 EDT 2018


Naidu advises MPs to talk in Hindi without hesitation
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 | PNS | New Delhi
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Expressing concern over the Hindi Salahkar Samiti (advisory committee) of
the Rajya Sabha not meeting for the last three and half years, Chairman M
Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday directed that two meetings of this important
committee shall be held every year henceforth, mandatorily. He said this
while presiding here over the meeting of the committee meant for promotion
of use of Hindi in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

After detailed review of implementation of the Official Language Policy in
the Secretariat, the members of the committee while noting the substantial
use of Hindi in the Secretariat stressed on the need for total compliance
with the provisions in this regard.

Naidu urged the members of Rajya Sabha, hailing from non-Hindi speaking
areas, to speak in Hindi if they chose to do so without the fear of
grammatical mistakes. Referring to his own experience, the Chairman
recalled that he did not know Hindi when he first came to Delhi but soon
picked up the language by speaking without any hesitation. He further said
“King can do no wrong. You are Members of Parliament and can speak freely
without the fear of committing mistakes.”

He said the best way of propagating Hindi is encouraging its use instead of
forcing others to adopt it. Naidu further said knowing different languages
is advantageous and urged North Indians to learn any South Indian language
of their choice as it would promote national unity and integration.

The Chairman also called for simple translation of business related matters
into Hindi so that more and more MPs are encouraged to use it. He urged the
need for adopting widely popular words from other languages in Hindi for
its easy acceptance.

During the discussion non-Hindi speaking Members called for permitting them
to make grammatical corrections in their printed Hindi speeches so that
they could speak without the fear of committing mistakes which in turn
would be on record.

Besides Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, the Rajya Sabha Members who attended
the meeting of the committee  included Satyanarayan Jatiya, Harivansh,
Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe, K Keshav Rao, Prabhat Jha, Ravi Prakash Verma,
Prasanna  Acharya and Jharna Das Baidya.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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