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    Even after 72 years of independence we failed to declare our National language

    Most of the Country in the world have their own National Language. But India do not have one. As per Article 343(1) of the constitution, Hindi is declared as the Official Language. But we do not have a National Language.

    The percentage of Hindi speaking population is more in the Country and also majority of the people understand the language better than any other language of the Country. Therefore why Hindi cannot be declared as the National Language of India?
  • #667981
    This is true that India even after its independence has not being able to have one national language, it may be due to many reasons.
    1. The first is that most parts of India underwent linguistic divisions, i.e. division by language.
    2. Everyone want their children to learn their mother tongue.
    3. Every state want to get importance & thus everyone want their language to be the national language.
    4. Only Asian or few countries use Hindi, whereas, major of the countries use English, thus many feel that english will be better for future. The advantage that English enjoys over Hindi is that it is equally alien to all Indians and is therefore not accompanied with a sense of one-upmanship among a certain geographically concentrated people and a diminished sense of ownership in the political dispensation among others.
    5. To keep everyone happy as every state emphasis on using the state language mandatory for government jobs, so Hindi takes a back seat.

    “Each day provides its own gifts.” —Marcus Aurelius

  • #667987
    Mainly some of the South Indian states don't speak, read, write or understand Hindi. Once Hindi is given the National Language Status, it will become mandatory to all that Hindi should be learned. So the whole Nation should have 3 Language formula. One is the mother tongue, then Hindi and finally English. But some states are against these three language formula also. So the government in the centre is not able to declare as the National language. They may lose their vote bank in South India. This how things are happening.
    Personally, I feel there should be a National Language and all should learn this language. The government should go for a strong decision on this. The central government should conduct a meeting with all CMs on this subject and force their decid\sion on everybody. Otherwise, the present uncertainty will continue forever. The difference of opinions will be there. A decision is to be taken by discussing with all concerned and we have to respect the majority vote always.

    always confident

  • #667989
    Hindi is one of the official languages of our country. It is true that it is very common in many parts of the country and can be declared as the national language. The problem is some people will make it a political issue especially in the areas where Hindi is not very popular or common. So the Govt will have to wait for some time till people adopt it to due to its necessity. Today we have embraced and adopted English though it is not one of the ancient Indian languages. But due to the reasons connected with job and career we are forced to learn it. For Hindi, there is no such compulsion. Still, people are learning it voluntarily as it helps them in remote and interior places where sometimes English does not serve purpose. I will give credit to Bollywood also, for popularising Hindi, who are churning out a number of Hindi movies every year which are being liked by the audience all over the country.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #668024
    India is a huge country where people speak various languages in various states. Almost every state has its own mother tongue and they use it widely inside their state. Even for official purposes, such as banks and local municipalities, letters in local languages are accepted. As for example, in West Bengal, if you have to write a letter to the municipality chairperson or a bank official you can write in English or Bengali because most of them employed there can read these two languages. Now, if you write it in Hindi here there are many people who won't be able to read it properly. The states where Hindi is not the mother tongue can have the same problem. Therefore, before declaring a language as a National language everyone working in government offices in that state must be conversant in that language. A few weeks ago we have already seen a widespread resentment in many states regarding the draft education policy where there was a suggestion to make Hindi a compulsory subject in schools. Since English is widespread and accepted everywhere along with the mother tongue in that state the government may not have felt the importance of a National language and not pressurising others to accept Hindi as a National language.

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  • #668029
    Our country is divided into various States on linguistic basis. We have many languages and everyone loves his or her mother tongue. Everything is running fine with the present set up of official languages. There is no need for a national language. Trying to impose Hindi will be disturbing the harmony in the country only. There is nothing political except ones love for their mother tongue.
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  • #668036
    The diversity is not a drawback for India but it actually enriches her culture. What is the point of trying to enforce Hindi or any other singular official language on India, when all of us are probably fine with the linguistic diversity? Western countries are 'nation states' but we are not; the concepts of nation, nationalism etc. came much after India was a cultural unity despite her manifold diversities.

    On a lighter side, you will see horses have many breeds and colors but donkeys are more or less all the same all over the world. Now, would you vote for unity or diversity?

  • #668117
    I remember that long back there was a vehement opposition of Hindi in some of the states of the country. There were many agitations against Hindi. Today there situation is changed. The opposition of Hindi is subdued considerably. People are adopting it in natural ways. So there is no need to impose it. It is taking its own place gradually and in a cordial manner.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #668176
    We not failed but it was not needed in our country. Because everyone loves his mother tongue and i respect other non hindi speakers as well.

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