India has many states and many languages. Some states were formed on the basis of the language. It has its positives and it also has its negatives. It is not uncommon to experience difficulties in communicating things when visiting interiors of various states. While English often acts like a link language, but this is mostly confined to cities and bigger towns. A person from typical North Indian interior will struggle to communicate inside the interior of South India and vice versa.
I believe India needs a language which can act as a true Link language or National language, which can facilitate communications among Indians throughout the country
English can not be this language, even though it is an important language. It is mostly confined in the cities and bigger towns of India, where many can use it. Approx. only 10% are able to do it.
Hindi, on the other hand is the language spoken by 45% and understood by many more. Bollywood movies have been a great help in making Hindi understood everywhere in India.
Today, it will be impossible for any other Indian language to match Hindi’s reach and popularity in India. Saying this should not mean that we are recommending disrespect to other languages or undermining them. It is a practical matter, and should be taken as such.
I love all Indian languages as well as English, which, of course is the language of science, Medicine, international trade, business and diplomacy. English is a must for Indians. I have no doubt about it.
There has to be ONE language in India, which should be able to act as the true LINK language for communication among all and sundry in India. That language will be HINDI if we analyse this matter rationally and logically.
I have not read views of any other person on this matter. My thought process here is not influenced by any other.
In my view, India should adopt and implement “Three Language Formula”, which means;
1. everyone learns Hindi, English and their mother tongue/language of their state,
2. everyone in Hindi speaking North India learns Hindi, English and one language from South India.
I believe it will promote integration, understanding and communication. It may also promote intra-national trade and business.
It is not at all about imposing hegemony of Hindi language, but it is all about pragmatism and practical need of a language which can be an instrument to improve communication among Indians in the country.
This will also be a “Win Win” decision for India, Hindi and South Indian languages!
I hope the new HRD Minister, Ms Smriti Irani and Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi do something in this direction.
Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/20th June, 2014