Hindi is not our national language, cannot be imposed on anyone: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor said, "Hindi is India's most widely-spoken language and useful to know. But it cannot and should not be imposed on anyone."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2017 7:45 pm
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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday did not mince his words when he said that Hindi is not our national language, hours after Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu urged citizens to learn the ‘Rashtra Bhasha’. In a Facebook post today, Tharoor said: “Hindi is not our national language. It is India’s most widely-spoken language and useful to know. But it cannot and should not be imposed on anyone.”

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu earlier in the day stressed that it’s important to learn Hindi as most people in the country speak the language. He also stressed on the promotion of ‘Matrubhasha’ (mother tongue) and lamented that too much importance was attached to English in the country. Naidu was speaking at an event in Sabarmati Ashram here where he presented 100 volumes of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi in English to the Ashram. In his address, the minister was quoted by PTI as saying: “Hindi as Rashtra Bhasha (national language) is very important, we cannot do without it…Most people in our country speak Hindi, so learning Hindi is also important… but we should be fluent in our mother language like Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri….” Also READ: Important to learn ‘Rashtra Bhasha’ Hindi: Venkaiah Naidu

Meanwhile, in a move that is bound to have a far-reaching impact, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced on Friday that passports would now be bilingual, that is in both Hindi and English languages. “We have brought improvement in passport rules, services and focused on doorstep delivery,” Swaraj had said.

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    Vinod Mishra
    Aug 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm
    Hindi is our National Language (Rastra Bhasha). Jay Hind Jay Bharat
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      vatsal
      Jul 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm
      I think Shahsi Tharoor is indulging in "hair-splitting" argument. It was initially the Congress which started naming "national animal, "national bird" national language" etc. Due to the above - specially, "national language" announcement congress got more popular in Gangetic plain and lost popularity in Tamil Nadu. However, the gains Congress got due to "national language" announcement was much more than losses. (as Gangetic plain has more MPs than TN ). Now Congress has lost Gangetic plains, it is questioning "national language" concept and compensate its losses in Gangetic plains with gains in Kerala/Karnatak. Drama - "u turn" of Congress will not work in TN, Andhra and Telangana due to sudden questioning of "National language". So it is trying its luck in Karnataka and Kerala on this plank though Kerala or Karnataka were not in agitating mood on "national language" announcement in late 60. Another dirty game of Congress.
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      1. Valentine B Sohtun
        Jun 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm
        Hind is a National language by law?? Please cite the year which the "ACT" was passed making Hindi a national language? Unless you want the country to break because you try to forcibly impose a language which is alien to most Indians. The stop the imposition of Hindi. We have no problem learning hindi if we need it. But to impose it. You are paving a way for unrest.
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        1. Zubin Bedi
          Jul 29, 2017 at 1:51 am
          hindi is not our national language but it is not alien to most indians. It is the commonest language that indians understand after their regional language and then comes english.
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        2. Sumit Sanyal
          Jun 29, 2017 at 12:10 am
          Hindi IS our national language by law. He as a lawyer by training should know it. He should not behave like a south Indian who detest anything related to Hindi just for politics but would like to use it for their own personal gains like Indian Idol winner revanth.
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            Indica
            Jun 29, 2017 at 9:07 am
            Hindi IS our national language by law. / Which law..? We don't know any such law. Hindi is not National language, Hindi will not be National language of India. If it became we the South Indian's will not be in India. The choice is yours, for your Hindi supremacy is you are compromising country's integrity
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            1. Zubin Bedi
              Jul 29, 2017 at 1:55 am
              hindi is not our national language, all regional languages are national languages. Also, there is no division of north or south india. One question: why don't u opposed non indian languages also ? eg. english.???
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              Venky
              Jun 29, 2017 at 1:49 pm
              There is no LAW that makes hindi the national language. Give reference of the LAW you are referring to or concede the fact. And your reference to south indians in this context is venomous. To apologise or not is your choice. Hindi cannot be imposed on anyone but certainly not on the southern belt. Every south indian knows at least 3 indian languages - how many languages does a north indian know?
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                bhumika
                Aug 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                India doesn't have national language as such. India has 22 schedule languages and Hindi is one of them . As it is widely spoken Hindi is a official languages well as English. it is mentioned in cons ution section 343 and it cannot be compulsory. It is for convenience not for compulsion. It has be declared by Gujarat High Court. You may refer the cons ution or search India on Wikipedia , national language is mention as None.
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                Prem Silhi
                Jun 27, 2017 at 5:19 pm
                Politics aside, let’s realize the most apparent consequence of a deep-rooted conspiracy of not devising a national language for India, not only for communication among all Indians across the country but most importantly for educating ourselves. Today, our English-medium educational factories are churning out graduates to go to the developed countries to live a life in comfort while millions speaking Malayalam, Urdu, Hindi and any other language you name, are toiling hard in the sultry hot weather in Middle East. I can see Indians gazing at the iPhone in a lounge at the airport in the West and those squatting on the floor waiting for their flight home at an obscure part of the Doha airport. And, here Tharoor brings politics back to feed on the follies of his masters, the 1885-born Indian National Congress. Don’t you forget they gave you a mere eight dollars with your P form when you left your poor country. You, their कमाऊ-पूत sent home billions of dollars to support a system hithert
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                  Prem Silhi
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm
                  ...hitherto designed to keep you divided so that you could never even suspect if it was the extension of the Raj or real freedom!
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                    Lovely
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:50 am
                    Let Sanskrit be national language.
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