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azman007

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Posted: 12 April 2009 at 11:44am | IP Logged
Friends,
I have always wondered why some section of the Hindi speaking population is hell bent on others learning Hindi, where as they themselves are lazy enough not to learn other languages.

Didn't our forefathers say "Unity in Diversity"?
What happened to the tolerance for other languages and culture?
Isn't our national anthem written by a Bengali in the language of Bengali?


I'd like to have an open and honest debate / discussion. May be us citizens will come up with some answers.

Thanks.

AZ

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Posted: 12 April 2009 at 12:57pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by azman007

Friends,
I have always wondered why some section of the Hindi speaking population is hell bent on others learning Hindi (why is English a language of administration, education, judiciary in India when only a tiny % of India is proefficient in it besides the fact that it is a foreign language, why not use our own langauges for all work within the country...learn English but only as a language. It should not be a language for administration, learning or judiciary), where as they themselves are lazy enough not to learn other languages.

Didn't our forefathers say "Unity in Diversity"? Adopting Hindi as National language does not mean killing regional languages. Remember the original plan was to continue with English for 10 or 15 years and then move towards Hindi, similar thing happened with caste based reservation.
What happened to the tolerance for other languages and culture? Where did it go in the first place?
Isn't our national anthem written by a Bengali in the language of Bengali? It is in Sanskrit!

I'd like to have an open and honest debate / discussion. May be us citizens will come up with some answers.

Thanks.

AZ

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Posted: 12 April 2009 at 8:11pm | IP Logged
If you want to communicate, you learn languages; if you don't want to you don't. There is nothing explicitly wrong or right in not learning a language. The collateral damage for not learning is a lost in translation or one communication bridge broken. There is no collateral damage for learning.

Choose your fate.


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Posted: 12 April 2009 at 10:32pm | IP Logged
Learning any language is to ones own advantage. There has to be at least one common language  of communication in the country. Hindi is understood by majority of the ppl in the country so it was chosen as the national language. No one is suppressing  the regional languages. Hindi should not be seen as a threat !
If not Hindi which other language wud U suggest to B the national language?

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well, i don't find anything wrong in not learning hindi.......its ones choice...actually in south india...........esp karnataka, kerala and tamilnadu, i have not seen hindi having much importance....we are more comfortable using english or the local language.......



Edited by lakshmim_84 - 12 April 2009 at 11:31pm

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Originally posted by SolidSnake

why is English a language of administration, education, judiciary in India when only a tiny % of India is proefficient in it besides the fact that it is a foreign language, why not use our own langauges for all work within the country...learn English but only as a language. It should not be a language for administration, learning or judiciary),
After reading some posts above ,  I feel that its  b coz some ppl wud rather accept English as a language for communication over some other language such as Hindi which they  associate with a  region other than their own.

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Posted: 13 April 2009 at 12:58am | IP Logged
Originally posted by angie.4u

Originally posted by SolidSnake

why is English a language of administration, education, judiciary in India when only a tiny % of India is proefficient in it besides the fact that it is a foreign language, why not use our own langauges for all work within the country...learn English but only as a language. It should not be a language for administration, learning or judiciary),
After reading some posts above ,  I feel that its  b coz some ppl wud rather accept English as a language for communication over some other language such as Hindi which they  associate with a  region other than their own.


why is this issue being raised again..it was solved in 1965............ok, lets go back to history .

In 1949, Constituent Assembly had chosen Hindi as the sole national language. This led to protest in the southern states cause, it was an inposition on us. We joined India, to be a part of the union, be a part of its growth, not to become a colony. Hence imposition of a language that is completely foreign to us, cannot be accepted. and this issue was raised at that time itself to the congress which was the central govt at that time.
The southern states have always protested the impostion of hindi as the national language. And the  protest was so strong that, the people wanted to break off from India, cos we felt that, our rights are not safeguarded - we are treated as a colony of the "hindi speaking majority" and they are imposing their rule on us.(pls note that, this was the situation in the 1950s.........when the states had just formed the indian union)
So these states
were given a 15-year "grace period", when English would be used along with Hindi in communication between the Centre and the States. However even on 26 jan 1965 - when this 15 yr grace period got over, the people were not ready to accept hindi. They are indians but that doesn't mean, another language can be imposed on them. In the words of Annadurai, " You can speak Tamil or English and yet be a good Indian"
However,  the center, with Shastri as the prime minister, decided that "
the only good patriots are those who speak (and write) Hindi" and decided to make Hindi as the official language on 26 jan of that year. And so, on 27 jan, large scale protest started in these states. Students boycotted classes. In numerous villages bonfires were made of effigies of the Hindi demoness. In railway stations and post offices, Hindi signs were removed or blackened over. strikes, bandhs, processions, boycotts, dharnas and also taking ones life. On Republic Day itself, two men set themselves on fire in Madras. One left a letter saying he wanted to sacrifice himself at the altar of Tamil. Three days later, a 20-year-old man in Tiruchi killed himself by consuming insecticide. He too left a note saying his suicide was in the cause of Tamil. These 'martyrdoms', in turn, sparked dozens of more strikes, processions, boycotts and dharnas.
On the last day of January, a group of prominent Congressmen met in Bangalore to issue an appeal to 'the Hindi-loving people not to try to force Hindi on the people of non-Hindi areas'. The hustling of Hindi in haste, they said, would imperil the unity of the country. On February 11, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's hand was forced by the resignation of two Union Ministers from Madras. The same evening the Prime Minister went on All India Radio to convey his 'deep sense of distress and shock' at the 'tragic events'.

Assurance to the southern states by the central govt.

'First, every State will have complete and unfettered freedom to continue to transact its own business in the language of its own choice, which may be the regional language or English.

Second, communications from one State to another will either be in English or will be accompanied by an authentic English translation.

Third, the non-Hindi States will be free to correspond with the Central Government in English and no change will be made in this arrangement without the consent of the non-Hindi States.

Fourth, in the transaction of business at the Central level English will continue to be used'.

Later, Shastri added a crucial fifth assurance ' that the All India Civil Services Examination would continue to be conducted in English rather than  in the medium of Hindi alone.

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And so, for the southern states,  we have the assurance that, Hindi will not be the national language. India will not have a national language. Hindi will not be imposed on us and we are free to have our official communication in the language of our choice, be it the regional language or English.




Edited by lakshmim_84 - 13 April 2009 at 1:49am

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