Let us get one thing straight, India as a nation does not have a national language. Hindi is one of the most widely spoken languages of India and is included as an official language. it is strange to see the language being imposed on different people of this heterogeneous country where language and dialect change every 100 km. Let us have a look at how Hindi is being imposed!
- Flight announcements are made only in English and Hindi language, what about those people who understand neither of them? Instead, the flight announcements can be made from the flight is originating, like Telugu in Andhra Pradesh and Kannada in Karnataka.
- In the Parliament when the Member wants to address the house in his or her mother tongue, he or she has to give prior notice but there is no such convention for Hindi or English.
- The translation of Parliamentary Proceedings is only available in Hindi and English.
- Competitive exams conducted which are not relevant to that particular state have their question papers printed only in English or Hindi, what about those aspirants who are not good in either?
- Many websites of the Govt of India are majorly in English or in Hindi and not in any other language.
- Indian Passports are only printed in English or in Hindi and there is no acknowledgment of languages of other states in this regard.
- Many south Indian states have adopted the policy to teach Hindi as a third language and made it mandatory for the students to do so, this has been considered as discriminatory and imposition of the language.
- Bank forms despite the directives of the RBI are only issued in Hindi and English and not in any native language making it difficult for others to understand work on the procedure.
Hindi is indeed a beautiful language but it should not be imposed on the people of the country through these means and equal representation needs to give to different languages and states.