The formula includes the study of a modern Indian language, preferably one of the southern languages, apart from Hindi and English in the Hindi-speaking states, and of Hindi along with the regional language and English in non-Hindi speaking states.The very wording of this statement is wrong. Hindi is being implicitly assumed as "non regional" while languages like Kannada, Tamil and Marathi are being termed as "regional". Welcome to the world's largest democracy where everyone is treated equally, but where speakers of Hindi are treated a little bit more equally. A little bit which is enough to wipe off speakers of Indian languages other than Hindi from the face of this planet.
Hindi imposition is ethnic subjugation of most of India
Even if one were to agree, for argument's sake, that learning an extra language over and above English and the language of the state fosters "national integration", why should one of the languages be compulsorily Hindi, a regional language? Why at all should Hindi be taught all over India? To offer formal channels and methods of migration and ethnic subjugation of non-Hindi speakers across India who form the majority of the Indian population? To perpetuate the baseless argument that Hindi can unite people all over India? To perpetuate the feeling in non-Hindi speakers that Hindi-speakers are Indians of a greater God? India cannot achieve "national integration" using Hindi. Hindi can only achieve "national disintegration". If there's any language which will find acceptance all over India, it is English. It's high time policy makers understand this basic ground reality and stop imposing Hindi on non-Hindi speakers.
The EU would disintegrate overnight if such a move is made
Can you imagine a three-language formula applied within the European Union (EU)? If any such thing ever happens, it will never be the case that one regional language - say Slovak - will be imposed on all of Europe. Any such attempt would be termed undemocratic, and states on which such impositions are made would vehemently oppose it. If the imposition continues, you will soon have the European Union disintegrate. The choice of languages should be left to the students and their parents. A Belgian may learn Flemish, French and English if he wishes. Nobody has the authority to impose the Slovak language on him!
Learners need freedom to choose 3rd language in this formula
Similarly, in India, nobody has the authority to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speakers. Even if we were to allow the three-language formula, Kannadigas must have the option to choose the third language of their choice. Maybe we pick Bengali. Maybe we pick Tulu. Maybe we pick Marathi. Maybe we pick Tamil. But why should we be forced to pick one of the most unendowed and unimportant of Indian languages to Kannadigas - Hindi?
Formula a vehicle for undeserved representation to Tamil?
Also, what is the guarantee that in the proposed scheme Kannada will be learnt by North Indians at all? There's already the feeling among North Indians that south India speaks only Tamil because they created most of the noise when the seeds of Hindi Imposition were sown. There are North Indians who feel that the Vijayanagara Empire was built by a Tamil! What is the guarantee that North Indians who learn Tamil as per the proposal won't come to Karnataka on the "palace on wheels for hindiwallahs" and expect Kannadigas to know either Hindi or their pidgin-Tamil?
People are more aware now, amend the policy
The times are a-changing. The speakers of every Indian language are realizing that they have been subjected to Hindi imposition. They're realizing that they can't take this lying down anymore. Kannadigas are realizing that Kannada is not inferior in any way to Hindi, and that if at all any language were inferior to another, it's Hindi which is inferior to Kannada because of its recent birth, lack of any solid history, and because its literature counts to a naught in comparison to Kannada literature.
Hindi imposition is ethnic crime. The only thing it fosters is "national disintegration". It's high time this three-language formula is amended to remove Hindi imposition. The pros and cons of a two-language formula (language of the state plus English) versus a three-language formula (language of the state plus English plus choice of any other Indian language) should be carefully analyzed. There's no point in jumping to conclusions. That too, the same old Hindi-imperialisitic ones.
For the DH story, read: Govt committed to 3-language formula for national integration