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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
CSAT Dispute: New rules of the game killing Hindi and other Indian languages 02 August, 2014
Did the rule makers think about the tasks that the passed-out candidates would undertake, or were they only concerned for the know-how of a particular language?

For sure, the language dispute should never have come up since the aim of the civil services assessment is to evaluate the ability of appearing candidates who are to serve the key offices of administration post recruitment.

You must agree that a capable bureaucrat is the one who can deal with concerns with utmost adeptness, and herein I am unable to comprehend how the language could make any difference. Yet, the country is burning with the heat that owes its origin to language.

Now with the new set of rules, added advantage flows to those who hold expertise in not an India-originated language- English. The ones, who could not pay requisite heed to the linguistic domain, either due to lack of prevalence of English in the region, or due to the unpromising education system of India, have become helpless to the core.

Should we blame the British who infused a foreign language in the Indian milieu to such an extent that local languages lost their honor, or should the culpability be passed on to those who promoted English despite being an Indian? The answer may not resolve this concern; however future disorders may be prevented.

When in the year 1979, the proposals of Dr. Daulat Singh Kothari Committee were executed; Indian languages could find their much-deserved spot in the recruitment of administrative personnel. The number of aspirants thereafter elevated from thousands to lakhs and the nation witnessed triumph of those who had the propensity, however, were stopped till years by the linguistic barrier.

The milieu, however, has taken a U-turn in 2011 and yet again the rewards have started flowing to the English-adept aspirants. Now is this the commencement offending the golden era of Hindi and Indian languages with accordance of supreme place to English?

The critical question here is whether the protest by the IAS aspirants, a contravention of law or a movement to curb the forbidden endeavor to outshine the Indian linguistic heritage. Indeed, Hindi is our national language, the abuse of which would lead to severe disaster. Plus, what about those who capitalized their abilities to earn dexterity in Indian languages and deserve a reputed position owing to extraordinary know-how of all vital domains?

Until when would we consider the acquaintance of English as a pre-requisite to serve topmost executive offices? And if this is the case, the rule makers of IAS and IPS officers, our politicians, should too be assessed.

In the very initial days of coming into the power, the NDA government revealed the aim of reviving the Hindi language; however political pressure from distinct state leaders prevented them from taking any tough measures. This time, however, most of the political leaders seem to stand at same grounds.

It is expected that the verdict would come soon, most probably in the favor of the protesting aspirants, however the need of the hour is dissimilar. To prevent any such holdbacks in the future, along with firming the roots of our own languages, the curriculum of our education system will have to be reformed to curb variances in rural and urban students.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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