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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    Balaji
    Sep 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm
    If Hindi becomes a national language, the extinction of every other regional language would become inevitable!!
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      bitterhoney
      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?
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        harsha
        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 !
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        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.
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            ANIRUDDHA
            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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              Lakshmidhar Malaviya
              Sep 14, 2016 at 9:55 pm
              Yes, Rajnath Sir, "Hindi was among the five most spoken languages in the world", I was born and brought up in Allahabad, but Hindi is not always the language I speak. I want to buy a Vishvakosh - encyclopedia in Hindi. There is none! And there shall NEVER be one in Hindi. Could you please tell me why?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kyoto,
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                RR
                Sep 16, 2016 at 7:03 pm
                RSS propaa started. First hindi and then Sanskrit. The irony is that those who shout for the same neither know the language full nor have deep knowledge but only emotions.lt;br/gt;If there are failure in economy and foreign policies this would be next issue that would raked up for hiding failures
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                  NK
                  Sep 19, 2016 at 11:43 am
                  Rajnath is a Muslim man who prefer the stani Islamic origin language Hindi over Hindu contributed languages.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Muslim Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Muslim Ministers Rajnath, Amitha Shah, Mohan Sharma etc etc all have their agenda of imposing the stani language Hindi while they will keep the peion to declare Indian languages as official languages pending for ever. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;THis Muslim man Rajnath made several visits to his emotional country stan , BJP does the business of butchering Hindu revered animals and exporting them as Halal meet. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BJP is nothing but an Islamic party working to surrender the country to stani and Islam.
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                    Pramod KC
                    Sep 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                    Such a diverse country is being spoiled by these kind of leaders. We as a country are gifted with so many languages, cultures and ethnicities. If not for these policies, we could have retained the many languages that have been wiped out. These politicians who want to make India a one language land by slowly eradicating other beautiful languages. This is very dangerous.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If people love Hindi, they themselves will come forward to speak it. The same applies to all the other beautiful Indian Languages. There is no need to spend crores of rupees on this. #BanHindiDiwas
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                      Ravi Kumar
                      Sep 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                      Please tell Rajnath Singh to learn from Singapore. If a small country like Singapore can give equal importance to all languages, then why a large and diverse country like our's can't. Simply put, leaders at the centre cannot think beyond the Hindi votebank. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why can't we have a National Bangla Divas, Tamil Divas, Kannada Divas, Marathi Divas etc. That will be the true essence of unity in diversity, through this people from across the country will be aware of other cultures and languages.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Right now, the people from Hindi speaking states know very little about their non-hindi counterparts and their culture, language etc even though we live in the same country. How will they? when we have a govt that doesn't promote any other language other than Hindi. A big waste of taxpayer's money.
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                        K.S.Subramanian
                        Sep 15, 2016 at 11:30 am
                        Thank you. Many Hindi fanatics are saying Hindi is the Rashtrabhasha of India. How to deal with them is the problem.
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                          Guru
                          Sep 15, 2016 at 2:44 am
                          Chadhi Singh as a Home Minister please take of more pressing issues such as terrorism and tackling crime instead of taking up such stupid issues such as imposing Hindi on non-Hindi potion and wasting government money on this silly adventure
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                            srini
                            Sep 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                            Someone please remind this hindian about the history of Bangladesh. How west-pak tried to make urdu as the national language, and had to give independence to bangla speaking majority east-pak. He should continue with spending my tax money on hindehy divas, but also be prepared for the latter.
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                              srini
                              Sep 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm
                              typical hindian atude. You are fit to be a citizen of stan
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                                Subhabrata Banerjee
                                Sep 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                                "Some trying to create rift in the name of language, says Rajnath Singh" - oh yeah, here is one for you : Aditya Dhanraj
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                                  Subhabrata Banerjee
                                  Sep 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                                  What's your prob Aditya? Keep your advice for yourself man. মালটার পেছনে ঝাল লেগেছে মনে হচ্ছে।
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                                    Subhabrata Banerjee
                                    Sep 15, 2016 at 9:11 am
                                    "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"- Firstly, Hindi is NOT our national language and secondly if other languages are no lesser than Hindi then why I can't use my mother tongue in services like bank, rail, airline, post, etc. It's people like you who are actual cause of this rift. No to Hindi till I die...
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                                      vaibhav kasture
                                      Sep 16, 2016 at 9:08 am
                                      Why these people want to impose Hindi on us which is less favoured by even hindi speaking states. All of them want their children to go to english medium schools but want non hindi people to learn hindi.
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