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Hindi is not the National Language of India April 23, 2008

Posted by Thinker in Hack, Hindi, India.
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There is no National Language in India. India is a  language agnostic nation 🙂 This is a good learning for me as I was made to belive from my schooling that Hindi is the national Language.. which was false!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_India

 

States that,

 

 Article 346 of the Indian Constitution recognises Hindi in Devanāgarī script as the official language of central government India. The Constitution also allows for the continuation of use of the English language for official purposes. Article 345 provides constitutional recognition to “Official languages” of the union to include any language adopted by a state legislature as the official language of that state. In effect, there are “Official Languages at the state and center level but no one “national language”.

 

Official language is a language standard used only in (Central) Government documents..  By no means it is an indication to external world that “India speaks Hindi” but somehow I this precisely the same happening..

 

I Don’t know how we forget that we are a linguistically free nation..  🙂

 

Calling Hindi as national language is like calling india a “Hindu nation”..  Both of which are false..  Wake up indians..  😉

 

 

My notion is to CREATE SOME GENERAL AWARENESS amoung us.

 

 

There are 23 Official languages as like Hindi… Please dont mention again its a National Language…

 

 

Some extracts for ppl who say since most of India is speaking Hindi so we should have hindi declared as national language.. here is why we should not:

If for some reason, if we decide and say “Hinduism is the religion of >75% of India so let us have a national religion which is Hinduism. We recognize all other religions as “official religions”, The government will endeavour to ensure that all other religion’s followers are encouraged to learn Hinduism and follow along with their own religion”. What would be your reaction ?

 

Now substitute Religion with Language and Hinduism with Hindi and tell me why is it still acceptable ?

 

Just as a religions cut across languages/regions in India, languages cut across regions and religions. All the reasons that would rule out a national religion, should IMO rule out a national language.