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    Should the answers in Parliament be made in Hindi or else...

    When the members from South India makes mentions or asks questions in the Parliament they either make in their own language or chose to ask in English. But when the reply was to be made then the minister choose to do in Hindi which is not likable and the member feels insulted. The same thing happening when a member of Parliament from TN asked a question and Minister Jyothirdaditya answered in Hindi to which senior Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor objected and said that the member was insulted. What is the way out to this kind of crisis ?
  • #750726
    As per the constitutional provisions of the official language in parliament, business in Parliament shall be transacted in Hindi or in English. If the MP can't express himself properly in the above two languages, the speaker can permit him to speak in his mother tongue.
    So there is no rule that the answers should be in the language in which the question was asked by the member. The answers will be either in Hindi or in English only. The minister who has to give the answer may not understand the mother tongue of the MP who is asking the question. So he has to use either English or Hindi only. What is there in this to belittle the MP from TN. If the MP wanted a translated version of the reply will be made available to members. There is no problem with this. As a Tamilian, MP can speak Tamil but Jyothirdaditya answered in Hindi as he is not a Tamilian and he may not know Tamil. The MP can ask for translated version of the answer.

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  • #750738
    If the member ask the question in English, the concerned minister can give his answer in English if he/she knew the language. Otherwise, Hindi is the only option for them and then the answer is translated according to the wish of the member. I think there is not much problem as immediate translators are available for every member in the parliament.

  • #750743
    I think a leader can choose any scheduled and specified language in which he wants to speak in parliament. There is no confusion on that. It holds for answering the queries also and one can answer in ones own language and there is no ambiguity in that. All the scheduled languages are allowed in parliament including English.
    It so happens that as Hindi is one of the most common languages of this country, thanks to the bollywood movies, that many people prefer to speak in that. It is to be understood that it is a common language and it is not a national language that it is compulsory to speak in Hindi.
    English is also a common language but it is not compulsory to speak in English in the parliament.
    So I don't see any point of confusion or ambiguity in this.

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  • #750744
    If you do not like something that doesn't mean you should feel insulted. India is a multilingual country but when all the representatives of the country meet at a place, i.e. inside the parliament they must use a common language understood by all. As a rule, Hindi and English are used as official languages for communication inside the parliament and if a member is not comfortable enough with Hindi or English she/he can use their mother tongue with the permission of the Speaker/Chairman of the house. It is not possible for every member in the parliament to master all the languages in India and hence should use a common platform. Everywhere when you are in a group you must follow a specific rule for the group, otherwise, it will be chaos. Parliamentarians say many things, especially when elections are around the corner, to score political mileage and there is no need to give much importance to what Mr Tharoor said. Maintaining a common rule for all is what is important.

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  • #750746
    The Madras High Court in August 2021, has directed the Union Government to follow Section 3 of the Official Languages Act, 1963, and use the English language only while corresponding with Tamil Nadu State. The Court also observed that when a representation is given in English, the Union Government is bound to give a reply in English only. The Tamil Nadu State Government has not adopted Hindi as an official language and is following two language formula. It adopted Tamil and English as the official languages.

    The Member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu asked a question in English to which Mr. Jyothiraditya Scindia, Civil Aviation Minister replied in Hindi. He should have replied in English. Mr. Scindia is an educated person and speaks English very well. We communicate with other people in the same language which they use. If a stranger asks us something in English, we also reply in English only. It will be considered an insult if we respond in some other language.

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  • #751753
    In our country, we believe the philosophy of multi languages for the conversations and if someone is comfortable with Hindi Language and the same is used where as the other person has used English for communication. It should not hurt the other party thinking that he has been insulted. We have to see the list with which we may proceed for communication. Now the question is whether the is approval from the side of speaker to proceed with a language being used by the other party. If the case is so, it should not be treated as an insult to the other party. I think that there is the provision of a translator to tackle the language issue.

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