'Leave Kannada at home, use Hindi in office!'

The Star of Mysore reports a Parliamentary sub committee meeting in Mysore on July 5th 2008 which was held to review the “implementation” of Hindi as per the Official Language Policy of the Government of India and give guidelines to the local units of the institutions on usage of Hindi in their official business. A display board with a Kannada slogan was seen in the meeting hall, which read: "Use Kannada at home, use Rajbhasha (Hindi) in office" (Maneya Vyavahara Kannadadalli, Karyalayada Vyavahara Raajabhasheyalli).

Although this may appear as a small news item tucked away in a corner of a local newspaper in Mysore, larger issues are bound to arise in a Kannadiga’s mind on reading this. KARNATIQUE lists a few of these and requests its readers to think about the nature & magnitude of Hindi imposition that is happening in India and its impact on the non-Hindi speaking population.
  1. Why should Hindi be the official language for transactions of the Government of India with states that are not Hindi speaking?
  2. Why can we not have translators to translate correspondence (official transactions) between Government of India & respective State Governments? Isn’t it more sensible to have translators who know Hindi & the language of the state than to train all the officers from non-Hindi speaking states, in Hindi?
  3. What is the message that is being conveyed to the people of non-Hindi speaking states by this type of Hindi imposition? In spite of Hindi speaking population of India being less 30%, why should Hindi be provided special status as one of the official language for transactions of Government of India with states that are not Hindi speaking?
  4. Why is Government of India spending precious tax-payer's money on Hindi prachar sabhas and other such sundry organizations to popularize usage of Hindi in schools, colleges & offices in non-Hindi states?
  5. Why do we have Parliamentary sub committee/s reviewing Hindi implementation (imposition) across India ? Why do we have Parliamentary sub committee/s spending precious tax-payer’s money to travel all the way to Mysore / Siliguri / Jamnagar / Itanagar to check for the implementation of Hindi in Government of India offices in those locations & to provide guidelines to the local units of the central government institutions on usage of Hindi in their official business?
  6. What type of mindset does the slogan that "Kannada at home & Rajbhaasha in office" indicate? Doesnt it indicate a mindset that Kannada as a language is deemed fit for only household communication and not for official administration? Is it not being done to reinforce the false notion in Kannadigas that Hindi is the "Rajbhaasha" and Kannada the "Aduge mane bhaashe".
Kannadigas and the rest of the non-Hindi population in India should realize the dangers of this kind of state sponsored Hindi imposition, be vigilant about both subtle & blatant attempts at Hindi imposition and oppose these acts from every forum possible.

25 comments:

Shravan said...

This is really bad on the part of the Parliamentary sub-commitee. As a state we are demanding a classical status for our language and the centre is forcing us to reduce the use of our mother-tongue! This is the height of high handedness.

Anonymous said...

GOI has two options..either promote English as linking language between non-Hindi speaking states to centre or promote Hindi as common language..choice is ours..we want English or Hindi.. I know that English is foreign language while Hindi is Indian language.

Anonymous said...

hindi and english are both foreign to kannadigas. we have seen the result of providing special privilege to hindi - it has given an undue advantage to hindi speaking people in government employment and also created a feeling of superiority in the hindians. hence if there needs to be a link language it should be english and not hindi.

ಪುಟ್ಟ said...

Advantages are few if you learn Hindi (perhaps to watch sick bollywood movies).. English is a better option as it is the world's most spoken language and almost all the information is avaialable in English. Moreover there are a lot of job opportunities.

Harish said...

In a recent article it has been stated that the reason why Modi has consistently won is not because of Hindutva but because of his anti-hindi and anti-centre attitude. He stood for Gujarati Pride. The secret of the left front's success in beating the anti-incumbancy factor and staying on power in bengal for almost 40 years is similarly due to Jyoti Basu's anti-hindi and anti-centre attitude. It seems except kannadigas all of them in India are anti-hindi. The watchman in my apartments is Nepali , he refuses to learn both Hindi and Kannada and we are all learning Nepali to speak with him. When I asked he be removed I am being told I dont understand the kannada culture of tolerance !

ಉಉನಾಶೆ said...

We should target on the language law/act that gives special status to Hindi, some-what special status to Tamil and puts rest into third-class.
We should get political power that could demand that Kannada is put at par with other languages.
In this era of alliance-politics, all we need is 4-5 MP seats to get such things.. of course one who would honestly fight for it.
Once the law/act goes away, half of these nonsense will go away, For the rest.. I think constitution might need a minor surgery.

Anonymous said...

Harish, I don't know which Gujrat you are talking about. Gujrat/Narendra Modi was never against Hindi. They are proud of Gujrati language and culture but were never against Hindi. Most of the Gujrati just watch Hindi Movies. LK Advani and Narendra Modi are strong supporters of Hindi. Also, Jyoti Basu was never against hindi. Anyway reason for Jyoti basu being in power for so long can be attributed to many thing..infact they are changing for better and now the new CM is undoing all the non-development work done by Jyoti basu. Bengal is now trying to become state like Gujrat which is much ahead as far as development is concerned.

Anonymous said...

I hope Karnataka schools stop teachin hindi.. thn everythin will fall in place. Cos kannaadigas know hindi, we r tempted to speak either wantingly or unwantingly... I hv heard tht in TamilNadu, kids r nt at all taught Hindi.. thn why r kannadiga kids forced to learn hindi..

Anonymous said...

We,Kannadigas may be only 3% of overall India population,but definitely proud of our language which has much bigger history than Hindi.Expect the state Govt to stop sponsoring these kind of propagation/s as everybody is looking upto the new govt to be more pro kannada not withstanding their image as Hindi centric party.

gundanna said...

Talking about population, here's a good article from Enguru which asks whether Karnataka is really overpopulated:

http://enguru.blogspot.com/2007/07/blog-post_3857.html

Anonymous said...

Those who want to impose Hindi are really not devil like creatures, they just lack maturity and understanding of dynamics of society. they should be forced to read blogs(like this one).

it is the environment in which they grew should be blamed.

Anonymous said...

They, GOI/Hindians, may even try to prmote Hindi in Central Government offices. There is atleast some meaning in it. But how can they declare in the heartland of Kannada itself that Kannada should be used at homes only. There can't be a better example of imperialism. Kannadigas/Karnataka must be very very tolerent, otherwise, they could not take it so lightly even when they are very proud of their language and culture.

Anonymous said...

i couldn't find the comment in star of mysore. the link leads me to their site but not to the article in question..

ராஜ் (Raj / రాజు్) said...

I was shocked to read this article. How dare the Hindians put up such a board in Karnataka! If a similar board had been put up in Tamil Nadu, all hell would have broken loose! Tamils have never tolerated the imposition of Hindi and never will! The regional language of Hindia is not taught in Tamil Nadu. It is time for the other non-Hindi states to oppose Hindi imposition. I am glad that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in Maharashtra and the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike in Karanataka oppose the imposition of Hindi. The imposition of a regional language like Hindi will only divide India.

If there is one language that can unite India, it can only be English and English IS an Indian language!

Kannadigas must fight for their rights and get Kannada declared as a classical language. Telugu too should be declared as a classical language. There is more than enough evidence that both Telugu and Kannada are classical languages.

Anonymous said...

Its alarming. I came to know from some of my friends who are in BJP that the party has a secret agenda to impose Hindi in Karnataka. They plan that hindi to be the official language and Kannada to be the language only spoken at homes. Can they do these kind of thing in TamilNadu. Hindi is not even taught there. What did they loose for not learning Hindi. They grow better than any other state. IT, Manufacturing etc etc. Did they rely on hindi. Everyone knows English. They communicate with the world. Thats it. Why should we waste our time in learning the crappy language. Lets save our Deva Bhasha Kannada. Jai Kannada

Sunil said...

This is not true.BJP believes in the indian culture and its contituients .. BJP will be happy if there is a stirict kannada culture in karnataka.

I think the regional languages should be protected.and Hindi should not be imposed.Hindi is spoken by the least developed states of India like UP,BIhar,MP,chattisgarh,jharkand.

sandhya said...

Sunil,

Do u really think so? Even after what happened in Hampi utsava? I have lost all respect I had for yeddi n advani

Anonymous said...

I heard there is a big plan during this BJP government period to oppose hindi on Kannadigas..This is a forceful act. All Kannadigas better to wake up early and go for a strike against the government. It is high time to preserve our culture and language..

Anonymous said...

great post

Anonymous said...

My Fellow Kannadigas,
Oppose Hindi at any cost, IF it is imposed on you. Learn any language if there is a need.

It's the idiotic Hindi fanatics (not all of North Indians) who are going to tear apart India.

Looking forward to a United South India (USI) of Karnataka, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondichery, Goa, Maharastra etc...

A supporting Tamilian...Arun

ANDREW THOMSON SENIOR said...

the problem is not of language or politics,its not related to special preference given to any particular language ,its but of our mental orientation.in India as a foreigner I have seen many a times that mental deprivation is encompassing the grand picture.A land blessed with beautiful languages must realize that the only one language that has the reinforcements of every genre ,one that can glue the nation to make it the one the world needs ,for attainment of excellence is nothing but sanskrit.Its in blood ,in heart of the of India.

Jockey said...

@ ANDREW
First of all, there is no need for one language to be used all over India. Europe lives without any such thing. Secondly, although Sanskrit is undoubtedly a great language which has helped many other Indian languages, it remains a "foreign language" to most of India because it was used only for the scriptures and by a few communities.

sandhya said...

@ANDREW THOMSON SENIOR

You are very right that India is a land full of beautiful languages. But your idea that a nationa can be glued by one language is not very right. There are many countries which speak just one language, but still have lot of internal wars. So "one language" is not any solution or not even a necessity, atleast not for a country as speacial as India.
Secondly, though we all know Samskrita is a rich and beautiful language, it still cannot bind whole India. simply because more than half the population Indian languages speak something which did not originate from Samskrita. There was some thing called a proto-dravidian language in India. Its descendants are found even today in Baluchistan area of Pakistan. So, Samskrita cannot be a binding language. That will make other dravidian languages inferior. Only by considering all langauges to be equal, can equality be achieved in our country.

ram said...

Nice article. As somebody else also stated, the development of any state does not depend on its residents knowing hindi. This is increasingly true in the economically libelarized india. Tolerance of each other's languages leads to greater unity than imposition.

Chandra said...

This should be a wake-up call for us Kannadigas. Our culture & heritage can not be preserved if cant protect and grow our language. We really need a anti-hindi campaign. There are some blind men in India who incorrectly comaplain against anti-hindi stance. But if hindi is adopted in Mysore and then we will be on ir-reversible path of loss of our language. We need to learn from our Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil neighbours.

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