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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    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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      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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        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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            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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            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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                Elias George
                Jun 27, 2017 at 1:16 am
                Mr Tharoor is absolutely correct , and I support him 100 percent. Is hindi deserved to be the national language simply because it is spoken in less than 10 states in the country? among those states 50 are not able to read and write . The selection of Hindi as a main language of the country was a conspiracy by northindian politicians to dominate over south indians and avoid their presence in important positions in central Govt. The purpose of a nationally accepted language is to communicate between states and for that purpose English is the best . I speak malayalam and when I want to communicate to no malayalees i use english. I don't want learn hindi . Hindi not Indian too. It is product of Linguistic rape happened during the mughal invasion and it remind us Aryan invades who made south indians slaves then and now.
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                  Lovely
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 6:16 am
                  Yes . BIMARU states people know only one language, I.e Hindi. Their English is pathetic. Bengalis and South Indians are multi linguists and also know Hindi. BIMARU states politicians are hypocrites , they send their kids to costly English boarding schools.English for high class BIMARU people, but for poor BIMARU people Hindi should be taught. Mulayam Singh,Charan Singh, Rajnath Singh kids were educated in costly English schools and were also sent to abroad.
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                  Prem Silhi
                  Jun 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm
                  There should be a heavy levy on those who use English language, especially those working in the public service for not only they performed poorly but also because they failed to reach majority Indians in the performance of their public duties. Since because national integration is important for the long-term survival of the nationalist government at the Centre, two-third of India's population receiving subsidized food-grain under the National Food Security Act of 2013 should receive each month extra two kilos of food-grain free of charge. Let them know of the incentive in his/her mother tongue and in the Hindi language. Over time, movement of people and public interaction among them will encourage us to consider one of our rich vernaculars as a common language of communication worthy of the status of a national language.
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                    Pure CommonSense
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 1:20 am
                    logic aaagaaieeeeeeee (probably from a person speaking the most thrusted language in India) ... what you said is right except few redundant words... like (1) "... and in the Hindi language." and (2) "one of our rich vernaculars as a common language of communication worthy of the status of a national language". For point 2 if you have meant all 15 languages of India I take it back... if not on your face ...
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                      Prem Silhi
                      Jun 27, 2017 at 4:28 am
                      Not quite understanding the 'most thrusted language,' I would first attempt to clarify what you termed as the redundant words. While respecting the recepient for his or her mother tongue, including the dialects that might run into hundreds, I added Hindi as the one spoken by majority of Indians. For vernacular I intended to suggest an Indian language of your choice that has vast vocabulary to represent every conceivable subject under the sky, we could use as medium of instruction for educating our young citizens. Let the Indian masses declare that vernacular language as the national language. The English language that failed to find favor with vast majority of Indians despite centuries of rule by the British, especially when it reigned freely in our schools, colleges, and universities since after the so called independence, must go as and when a suitable Indian vernacular language is selected as the national language. It has hurt India much more in seven decades than ever before.
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                      Cyril Antony
                      Jun 29, 2017 at 7:09 pm
                      English has helped india grow to this level. That is a fact. India made progress in IT because we handle English well compared to Chinese. All schools should make english mandatory. I dont understand logic for rejecting English other than pseudo-nationalism.
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                      Kalikattu
                      Jun 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                      There is solid Rationale for a separate sovereign state of Dravidistan and breakaway from India A. TAMIL Nadu' s economy is robust enough to not only survive but prosper in a sovereign state. Without subsidizing its revenues towards bihar and orissa, Tamil Nadu can achieve solid economic growth. B. An independent foreign policy linked with the aspirations of Tamil people towards Tamils of Sri Lanka. C. Less defence expenditure in kashmir and northeast means more money for social development in Tamil Nadu which means good governance. D. Parti tion of Tamils in local governance without quotas for STs and OBCs. A more progressive outlook than the caste ridden India E. No racism from North Indians towards Tamils. F. No linguistic colonialism of Hindi and propagation of RSS propaganda against local Tamil traditions like jalikuttu. G. Promotion of local culture, arts, movies and history. Tamils of India unite, rebel against India. Hindustan Murdabad. Dravidistan Zindabad
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                        Prem Silhi
                        Jun 26, 2017 at 10:17 pm
                        We have witnessed the perils of par ion in 1947 and now with the nationalist government at the Centre, we should make a resolve not only to strengthening unity across India but also to work with the people of Pakistan and Bangladesh for their change of hearts so as to form a new unified nation of Akhand Bharat.
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                          Cyril Antony
                          Jun 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm
                          Ohoho... "akhand bharat" ... Sanghi spotted. No use of further debate.
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                        Prem Silhi
                        Jun 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                        This page has been hijacked by anti-India elements. Unless IE indicates the geographical location of the commenters, consider those writing malicious comments pitching Indians against Indians as the ones from across the border. Ignore them.
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                          Prem Silhi
                          Jun 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                          I am reproducing a comment, below, Kalikattu wrote in response to mine in Urdu. "Kalikattu Jun 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm Insha Allah our revenge will be not only a separate soverign state of Khalistan but also Dravidistan, Gor nd, Red corridor in naxal territory and Islamic Republic of Kerala. India will be broken into atleast 72 different pieces and Hindu Brahmins and bunya will be sent drowning to Indian ocean and ofcourse Somnath, Varnasi and Kedaranath will be demolished like our forefathers did. And babri mosque will be rebuilt once The Muslims of India conquer India." I will urge IE to show the geographic area a commenter writes from so that readers may make a choice whether to react or not.
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                            Kalikattu
                            Jun 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                            There is solid Rationale for a separate sovereign state of Dravidistan and breakaway from India A. TAMIL Nadu' s economy is robust enough to not only survive but prosper in a sovereign state. Without subsidizing its revenues towards bihar and orissa, Tamil Nadu can achieve solid economic growth. B. An independent foreign policy linked with the aspirations of Tamil people towards Tamils of Sri Lanka. C. Less defence expenditure in kashmir and northeast means more money for social development in Tamil Nadu which means good governance. D. Parti tion of Tamils in local governance without quotas for STs and OBCs. A more progressive outlook than the caste ridden India E. No racism from North Indians towards Tamils. F. No linguistic colonialism of Hindi and propagation of RSS propaganda against local Tamil traditions like jalikuttu. G. Promotion of local culture, arts, movies a
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                              Prem Silhi
                              Jun 27, 2017 at 7:18 pm
                              I see the immediate advantage you had of your knowledge of the English language. You are not the one among 150 plus poor people perished in the oil tanker mishap in Bahawalpur, gathering leaking fuel! You have a well-paying job, I hope. Take a pause and in a moment of silence, pray with me for the poor souls unless you want to walk away like the Saudi soccer team.
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                                Prem Silhi
                                Jun 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm
                                Kalikattu, we have witnessed the perils of par-t-i-t-ion in 1947 and now with the nationalist government at the Centre, India should make a resolve not only to strengthening unity across the country but also to work with the people of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and those from other regions around, for their change of hearts so as to form a new unified nation of अखंड भारत. You will perhaps bear a new name, KALICHARAN, if you so choose! Remember, Hindutva is politically secular and just and fair in practice.
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