I stopped writing on Political issues in Ramanis blog for the past five years.Reason is that many of the readers felt that political issues need not find a place in a blog dedicated to Sanatana Dharma and antiquity of Hinduism.I agreed.However off and on I write my views in my other site Ramani comments and in Facebook.
Now there seems to be an attempt at pushing Hindi surreptitiously on Non Hindi speaking people,though there is a vociferous denial to the contrary.
I would like to share my views now as it is vital that people know what is at stake.
I have chosen this URL because it is read by more people, with over 16 million hits and about 6000 plus subscribers.
When people say there is an attempt to push Hindi now, Why this comment was not made after anti Hindi agitation in the sixties in Tamilnadu was successful?
There has been no talk about this till a few months back.
There was sporadic mention of this issue by DMK and AIADMK during elections,which no nobody lent credence because everyone knew it was an election gimmick and a non issue.
Most of the people in Tamilnadu do speak in favour of Hindi now, because of the fear thst these Corrupt fraudsters might come to power and ruin Tamilnadu as they had done .So better to support Hindi rather than to allow these unscrupulous scamsters.
Now we find the new language policy which provides for learning local language optional but it ensures Hindi as Hindi as Official Language.
When you make one language as Official, you make non Hindi people in Government service atleast to learn Hindi for better career opportunities.
The argument is A Nation needs a link language and only then the country will be integrated.
This is a wrong premise.
I Had written earlier , in ancient India,where there were over 56 kingdoms,the was no official link language.
There are references to in Tamil literature and Sanskrit Texts, Vedas,Ramayan, Mahabharata,Eighteen Purans and in later Sanskrit and regional literary works.
Regional literature refers to Sanatana Dharma and Ithihsas in detail, be it Tamil, Telugu,Kannda,Bangla, Oriya.
Evidence abounds that a healthy trade between the people of the south and the north flourished since the Vedic period.
Now the question is how did these people communicate with each other in view of the fact that India has multiple languages and dialects.
There are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects’ .https://www.justlanded.com/english/India/India-Guide/Language/Languages-in-India
‘According to Census of India of 2001, India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. However, figures from other sources vary, primarily due to differences in definition of the terms “language” and “dialect”. The 2001 Census recorded 30 languages which were spoken by more than a million native speakers and 122 which were spoken by more than 10,000 people’ -wiki
Sanskrit is said to be oldest language being dated about 5000 years back.
( I had written this my not be correct and Sanskrit might be much older along with Tamil, an ancient language of India. million year old Tamil Site near Chennai ,Tamil Nadu with advanced Tamil civilization.And Tami quotes Vedas and Vedas in turn quote Tamil and Tamil Kings.Please read my articles on this)
The languages spoken in the south and even among the north indi differ.
Sanskrit is accepted in all the regions though!
Groups in India spoke different languages.
Yet they were in intimate contact with the Sanatana Dharma People whose language was Sanskrit. https://ramanisblog-in.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/ramanisblog.in/2016/09/27/common-link-language-of-vedic-sanatana-dharma-india/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=16003125637169&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&_tf=From%20%251%24s&share=https%3A%2F%2Framanisblog.in%2F2016%2F09%2F27%2Fcommon-link-language-of-vedic-sanatana-dharma-india%2F
So why now?
The answer would be there were wars between kingdoms and Bharatvarsha was not United.
Who said that?
Read Puranas and History.
The wars were there because of land ,woman and wealth and not because of Language during the period when kings ruled India.
Secondly have you stopped internecine quarrels after Hindi was introduced?
On the contrary, it caused wide spread unrest to the level of people wanting to secede!
One should remember language , Religious and cultural practices are close to one’s heart and the surest way to destroy unity of a country is by imposing a language, though by cleverly worded communiques.
One should learn from History.Those who refuse shall be doomed.
When you say India is a melting pot of various cultures, please remember Language is the root of a culture.
Another argument advanced to promote Hindi is that it opens up employment opportunities.
Merely learning a language can not guarantee employment.
Do we offer jobs to someone because he knows a language?One needs the skillset for a job.Language will be an additional qualification.If an individual needs it, he shall learn it. Why should Government tell me? If I need to learn a language to survive, I will I shall learn it,wheter you tell me or not.
Has the government enforced legislation to ensure my welfare for all I need? It is impossible.
So,why language of all other things?
Another argument, it is spoken by majority, which can be contested.Which Ishall.
If majority is the criterion, shall all follow Islam as the most practised Religion of the world?
This would give the moral high pedestal that you are a really a liberated forward looking country.
When people talk Hindi as the single largest spoken language of India,which Hindi are you speaking about?
Hindi spoken in UP,if so of which region of UP?
Or in Uttarakhand, Himachal, Gujrat, Rajasthan,Punjab, Haryana,Bengal,Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Maharastra,AP, Telengana,MP, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala…..?
So which Hindi are you speaking about?
Unfortunately those who advocate Hindi are those whose mother tongue is not Hindi.
Why have they learnt it?
Because they needed it to survive or advance their careers.
One need not advise, people will learn if they need it,as I said it earlier.
The argument that your mother tongue will not be affected because of learning Hindi is erroneous.
Same canard was put out when English was introduced in India by Macaulay. Read my article on the reason why Macaulay advocated English.
Now what has happened?
Most of us read our Religious texts, Puranas and Ithihasas in English.
We read English nursery rhymes saying Rain Rain go away in a country where we need rains.
Our children call mother Mummy.
This process has slowly sounded the death knell of Indian languages.
Do we want to repeat this by substituting Hindi for English?
Again only by learning Hindi one gets employment opportunities, how come Hindi speaking people work in non Hindi speaking ,go there to work?
If you say Hindi speakers learn local language,tell me how many speak and write in Kannada,Tamil, Telugu,Bengali…?
Why hindi speaking states do not opt to learn other languages, especially from South?
Where is the statistics?
And in the committee constituted for Study and promotion of Indian culture, why no south indian is not reprented?
And a senior Government official says he knows only Hindi and those who do not know Hindi may get out!
This, in an important Central Government meeting of Officers.
Would the government have accepted it if Kannada spaeking officer said those who do not know Kannada to get out?
They might do so only after someone protests?
Should they protest for their rights?
Why this sudden surge in promoting Hindi?
Out of personal experience let me record these facts.
I have been delivering lectures in various forums,mostly in English because the audience do not know English.
But in a Meet to be attended bt academicians,which included vice chancellors of Universities, who know English, I was asked to deliver my speech in Hindi.
Why should I?
I have a mental block in speaking Hindi,though I can write and understand.Reason is that during my formative years in the sixties, I saw the fanaticism to impose Hindi and this has affected me to a great extent.
Now I see in various groups, I am ridiculed and Tamil called as Dumeel in Facey communities the moment I post a researched article on the Antiquity of Tamil ,Tamils,Kannada or Telugu.
People, please remember no language is less than five thousand years old, except Hindi.
Respect other languages, culture and learn them.
Don’t ridicule them and promote one surreptitiously.
There is a larger India ,Bharathavarsha beyond the Hindi belt.
I know I shall be pilloried for this article.
Truth has to told.
To me my mother comes first.
That doesn’t mean I should ask others to accept her.
I respect others’ mother at my will.
Life is not only career, there are things beyond that, if you know what I mean.
Please don’t insult the language of Sri Tulsi Das by your misadventures like what the Dravidian parties did to Tamil.
# For those people who say I am a Tamil chauvinist,please read my articles on various, languages cultures in India
And I am much closer to the people who promote Hindi than others and know their thinking process .