Govt’s move to promote Hindi not an ‘insult’ to English: BJP

Naqvi said the effort to promote Hindi seeks to bind the nation together and should not be construed as an 'insult' to English.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2014 3:29 pm
BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. (Source: PTI/file) BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. (Source: PTI/file)

BJP on Friday sought to defend the government’s move to promote Hindi, saying it seeks to bind the nation together and should not be construed as an “insult” to English.

“Hindi is the national language and is the heart of the country. Priority to Hindi cannot be (construed as) an insult to English. The government’s initiative for according priority to Hindi and regional languages is a welcome step,” BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

He said Hindi is a mixture of different regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayali, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Urdu and other regional languages.

It was unfortunate that despite Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal nehru, Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Rammanohar Lohia’s efforts to propagate Hindi to connect the people of different parts of the country, the previous governments have not taken enough steps to promote it, Naqvi said.

“This time, the government is honestly doing everything to promote Hindi,” he said.

“There is no conflict between Hindi and English. If somebody is opposing Hindi, it is not the right thing because they have to understand that Hindi and other regional languages have not got their proper right in the past,” Naqvi said.

Two Home Ministry circulars seeking to promote official language Hindi in the social media has raked up a controversy with DMK accusing the Centre of imposing the language on non- Hindi speaking sections.

While the government decision was attacked by DMK chief M Karunanidhi, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said on Thursday that he will promote use of Hindi in all official work and public life.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had, however, sought to down play the controversy by saying the Centre will promote all languages of the country.

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    SamCalicut
    Feb 2, 2017 at 1:11 am
    Hindi is nowhere near national language.
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      SamCalicut
      Feb 2, 2017 at 1:10 am
      I don't feel any Indian anymore. I will serve any English speaking nation and feel strong anti Indian sentiments now. I am Hindu but not Hindi. Hindi people will divide India and that will be the end of this nation.
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        Hawke
        Jun 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
        Not a insult to english but a insult to south languages.
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          Jivjitha
          Jun 13, 2016 at 5:10 am
          Until u make hindi tech language like english, Until u make hindi belt self-sustainable like other non-hindi states, Until u reduce migration of hindi belt to other region due to poor developement in hindi belt, Until hindi people agree to learn other indian language as 3rd language, Until hindi people implement potion control, Until hindi people demonstrate cultural orientation wherever they are migrating, we can’t even think of sit for negotiation for hindi as link language. Non Hindis states are already helping by giving more tax to GOI which is already given to hindi states. Don’t expect more help than this.
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            Jivjitha
            Jun 13, 2016 at 5:08 am
            Until u make hindi tech language like english, Until u make hindi belt self-sustainable like other non-hindi states, Until u reduce migration of hindi belt to other region due to poor developement in hindi belt, Until hindi people agree to learn other indian language as 3rd language, Until hindi people implement potion control, Until hindi people demonstrate cultural orientation wherever they are migrating, we can’t even think of sit for negotiation for hindi as link language. We are already helping by giving tax to GOI don’t expect more help that this
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              SCN
              Jun 13, 2016 at 9:53 am
              For your information - Malayali is not a language. Malayalam is the language.
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                Sunny Mathew
                Nov 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                Another step towards Suppression of South Indian Dravidian languages!
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                  Sunny Mathew
                  Nov 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                  They do not even know the name of the language of Kerala !!
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                    Krish
                    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:14 am
                    Quoting : "He said Hindi is a mixture of different regional languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayali, Gujarati, Bengali, amese, Urdu and other regional language " "Malayali"? Seriously ? the language is called Malayalam. Get your facts right for god's sake
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                      Jay
                      Jun 20, 2014 at 11:33 am
                      Appreciate if only "promote" Hindi and not push it down the throat of everyone. This definitely will "badly hurt" the sentiments of every single person who is pionate about his/ her own mother tongue.
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                        sunny
                        Jun 20, 2014 at 11:02 am
                        Language is a means of communication. Promote all languages as each language is having its own rich literal et. The money spend on promoting Hindi, if channelized for development work at least laths of Indians would have crossed poverty line . BJP also unnecessary interfering once personal liking
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                          John Hausel
                          Jun 22, 2014 at 4:33 am
                          Will this Hindi Chauvinist BJP HEADS in the next LS Election.
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                            J
                            Jun 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm
                            Language is for the human beings and not human beings for the language.
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                              natarajan
                              Jun 21, 2014 at 8:05 am
                              Each regional language has it's history and heritage. Each religion in India has it's own history and heritage. Each region has got its own culture that has its own history and heritage. That's the Pride and Beauty of India! All language must be treated equally and respect fully. It should be allowed to grow and live.
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                                Narendra
                                Jun 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm
                                Hindi should be second priority. First eradicate corruption. Then talk about bringing Hindi.
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                                  Paddy Singh
                                  Jun 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm
                                  if Indians are not bound by being Indian, is a mere language not spoken in every state, bind the country? Modi daft.
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                                    rajiv york
                                    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:29 am
                                    this should be welcomed, gives us an ideny...
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                                      VidehKumar
                                      Jun 21, 2014 at 11:00 am
                                      Naqvi is so blind to the fact that mother tongue is as important as mother in any bodies life. There are so many countries in the world which came into existence only due to language. We have so many states in India based on languages only. Bangladesh had long civil war and blood shed mainly due to imposition of Urdu. NaMo and BJP both will do serious disservice to the nation by imposing Hindi. Naqvi says that it was not imposition and will use political jargons to explain and defend Hindi imposition but it will not cut ice with public of non Hindi speaking States.
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