The US elections may be over, but the excitement around it has not ceased just yet. It’s not about what Melania Trump wore or what exactly Donald Trump and Barack Obama discussed at the White House on Thursday. Something else has tickled the Indian Twitterati and they can’t stop gushing about it.
The reason for their excitement is a ballot receipt issued in Chicago. The ‘Thank You’ receipts received by people in the city after they voted were in four languages – English, Spanish, Chinese and our very own Hindi.
Someone posted a picture of the ballot receipt and then people were elated to see an Indian language on an official document. People quickly started sharing the pictures with ‘Jai Hind’ and some even attributed it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, we found a report by the Chicago Tribune that challenged the claim.
It is true that the receipt had notes in Hindi, but it was certainly not the first time. The report said Hindi was added way back in 2012. “Including Hindi on voting materials stemmed from recent U.S. Census Bureau numbers and Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires officials to provide language assistance to minority groups that need it,” the report said.
In fact, not just receipts, “Illinois was the first state required by the U.S. Justice Department to offer ballots printed in Hindi,” it added further. Many Indians reside in the state, but there was a major problem before they could finally opt for Hindi, forgoing Urdu or Gujarati.
But even if this is not the first time, that did not deter people from flaunting the achievement. In fact, many I-Voted stickers, some ballots and precinct signs.
— Ruby Dhalla (@DhallaRuby) November 11, 2016
Who won the US Election is a different matter but Its a proud moment to see information in “Hindi” on US ballot receipt 😊
— Ramesh Malhotra (@AuthorRamesh) November 11, 2016
Hindi on a ballot receipt in America! pic.twitter.com/OtdV3BwtiS
— Mohit Burman (@imohitburman) November 11, 2016
It even got Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor excited
Hindi was an official language on the US Ballot receipt paper. pic.twitter.com/UlOtECoKsy
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) November 10, 2016
Hindi on a ballot receipt in America! Jai Ho! pic.twitter.com/QyvWNLL8AV
— Shreyasi Goenka (@anvivud) November 10, 2016
— ashima (@AshiQuotes) November 10, 2016
— Archie (@Archu243) November 9, 2016
#USElections ballot receipt in Hindi
— Dilip Jain (@dilipjain1979) November 9, 2016
US Election Ballot receipt featuring Hindi language. Hindi is becoming a truly global language. pic.twitter.com/HeNxJT2Yk6
— Rishiraj Hebbar (@rghmum) November 9, 2016
— Gurpreet Singh (@preetgurpreetz) November 8, 2016
What do you think about the thank you message being translated to Hindi?