Hindi Diwas: Some trying to create rift in the name of language, says Rajnath Singh

Home Minister said that accepting Hindi as national language did not amount to belittling other languages.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2016 12:36 am
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday said that some vested interests were trying to create a rift in different parts of the country in the name of language. Speaking at a function on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, he added that no other language spoken in India was “lesser than Hindi”.

“Some people are trying to create a rift in different parts of the country in the name of language. We have to be alert,” said Singh. Stating that Hindi was among the five most spoken languages in the world, the Home Minister said that accepting Hindi as national language did not amount to belittling other languages.

“In ancient times, there were two types of languages — the Devbhasha, which was Sanskrit, and the common language that was Prakrit. Like other languages spoken today, Hindi was derived from Prakrit, and this Hindi has been accepted by us as our national language. But that never means that we consider any other languages spoken in India to be lesser than Hindi, and it should never be thought so,” Singh said.

“After Sanskrit, the oldest language in India is Tamil, though the one spoken by the highest number of people is Hindi,” Singh added.

Singh said it was non-Hindi speaking leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Syama Prasad Mookerjee who wanted Hindi to be declared a national language.

Addressing the function, President Pranab Mukherjee said Hindi has become an influential language globally, and hoped that Hindi and other Indian languages would be widely used in different spheres of life in the country. He said the significance of Hindi in all walks of life had increased manifold over the years and the language is now taught in many reputed university in different countries.

“I appeal to everyone to communicate and propagate Hindi more in their daily life,” he said.

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  1. B
    Sep 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm
    If Hindi becomes a national language, the extinction of every other regional language would become inevitable!!
    1. B
      Sep 15, 2016 at 1:24 am
      Rajnath Ji, what is status of Urdu in India, is it not an Indian language, will you ever organize Urdu Diwas or Youme-e Urdu?
      1. H
        Sep 16, 2016 at 7:18 am
        when the home minister is only interested in promoting one language one india concept, there would be more unrest in this country ! lt;br/gt;WE ARE LAND OF MANY LANGUAGES and we need to ensure that communication happens in multiple languages.. lt;br/gt;Digital India can handle any number of languages. computers can do translation. only the will power to use Indian languages to reach Indians is needed which is missing !
        1. ਡਾ. ਜੋਗਾ ਵਿਰਕ
          Sep 16, 2016 at 4:04 pm
          If anybody is worried about Hindi at all, the place for him to look for Hindi first is the Hindi speaking region. It is dying there the same way other Indian languages are dying in their regions. Earlier colleges and universities were shut to Hindi based education and now Hindi based education is being banned in schools even. And no language can survive for long if it is not medium of education for the people who speak that language. Kindly take my word! If English medium education keeps spreading and is not pushed back, India will remain a country of the kind it is now - one of the most backward, starving, illiterate, unclean and quarrelling country. India produced 22 per cent of world GDP in the seventeenth century when barely any Indian new English. Today, we are not 5 per cent even. The countries best in education are the ones which teach in mother tongues. Even foreign language is learned better if one has a good foundation in mother tongue. I hope somebody in the Indian political set up is listening.
          1. A
            Sep 16, 2016 at 2:51 pm
            Don't need lecture on Hindi from Rajnath Singh. There is no need to impose any language on any one.
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