The Law Commission has rejected a parliamentary committee recommendation to make Hindi the official court language for delivering judgments in the Supreme Court and all High Courts and also to amend the Constitution to enable the Union Legislature department to undertake original drafting of laws in Hindi.While that looks like a prudent decision made by the Law Commission, the following statement in the Law Commission's report is not made in good taste:
In finalising its report, the Commission, headed by Justice A.R. Lakshmanan, considered the views of several former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, retired Supreme Court and High Court judges and eminent lawyers.
It is unacceptable that those who ask for one of the most fundamental of rights - the right to preserve, protect and promote one's own language - are being called as chauvinists by a responsible Law Commission. In reality, it is the "parliamentary committee" which needs to be labeled as a band of chauvinists who are up to imposing their regional language on the whole of India. It is the "parliamentary committee" which seeks to dent the unity and integrity of India. It is the "parliamentary committee" itself which is an "avoidable exercise".
Furthermore, the unity and integrity of the country is [likely] to be affected by the linguistic chauvinists and the switch over from English to Hindi in the Supreme Court and High Courts will create political and legal unrest throughout the country, which is an avoidable exercise.
For the full news story, read: Panel says ‘no’ to making Hindi court language