[lg policy] Conference calls for fight against Hindi imposition

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Conference calls for fight against Hindi imposition
DH News Service, Bengaluru, Feb 20 2018, 1:57 IST

Representatives of regional languages from across the country gathered
under a single platform to discuss the imposition of Hindi and find the
ways to break that hegemony.

The two-day conference organised by the Campaign for Language Equality
Rights (CLEAR) in association with pro-Kannada group Banavasi Balaga saw
the participation of speakers from several states.

Garga Chatterjee from Kolkata said the imposition of Hindi and English had
led to the marginalisation of regional languages.

"Punjab National Bank doesn't use Punjabi in the branches located in home
state...the safety instructions on Bengaluru-Chennai flights are given in
Hindi... applications for passports will not be accepted unless they are in
Hindi or English although the United States accepts visa applications in
Bengali were some of the issues raised during the conference," he explained.

Delivering a talk on 'Language Policy in India and its Consequences',
Chatterjee said the idea of democracy, which is supposed to recognise the
aspirations of the people, had been eroded due to the flawed language
policies. "People are forced to conduct their businesses in languages they
don't understand. This includes even the judiciary," he added.

Noting that information can be obtained in Tamil in London, he said seven
decades of independence had not provided any relief to people of the

The two-day event will feature 30 sessions, giving time for speakers from
local languages, ranging from Tulu, Beary to Bhojpuri, Sourashtra and


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