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Hindi being forcibly imposed in non-Hindi speaking states, but do you care Modiji?
Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad, on Friday, addressed the first day of the budget session in the Assembly in Hindi. This was unprecedented and naturally created an uproar. It was obviously a very crude attempt at imposition of Hindi in a non-Hindi speaking state.

It is absolutely condemnable as Hindi is not the national language nor the sole official language. He could have easily spoken in English which is acceptable and officially used in the state, unless of course he does not speak English and in that case, he is not competent to hold the post in the state.

The Indian Constitution does not specify the official languages to be used by the states for the conduct of the official proceedings, and leaves each state at liberty to, through its legislature, adopt any language used in the state.

MLA PT Swakmie said "…It seems the big party is trying to impose its one nation, one culture and one language agenda." He is right and this must be the feeling of all the locals.

We may recall here many past instances of beating up and indignities harped on Northeasterners in Delhi. The scars still remain. Attempts should be made to remove them and not deepen.

Therefore, the Central government should immediately recall this man and tender unqualified apology to assuage the hurt feelings of the people in Meghalaya.

Separatist movements are not always because of external provocations but sometimes because of internally simmering feeling of indignation, humiliation and negligence. Thus, such insensitivity to local language, customs and culture can only bring the doomsday to the BJP and BJP supported governments in non-Hindi speaking states.

It is very surprising indeed that the present government appears to have forgotten the long-drawn struggle of the southern states against such imposition of Hindi. It is even more astonishing to see such attitude being flaunted when there is a sincere attempt going on for integrating Northeast with the rest of India in all respects especially culturally and linguistically.

This is again a breach of the true spirit of federalism and does not spell well for national unity. It is very unfortunate that the language question has not been faced squarely so far. The problem is festering and might come to a point of explosion unless it is resolved in true federal spirit which would mean not only not imposing Hindi but proactively pushing for development of all state languages more or less at the same space.

A child picks up his mother tongue as a fish takes to water. Effortless ease is the most important requirement for effective communication. So, if it is one's own tongue, then the first step for effective communication is achieved and this can't be denied to him. Therefore, every citizen has the right to use his mother tongue as the language of governance and interaction with the government and the courts. For this, an elaborate infrastructure of translation and interpretation has to be created and English has to continue as a link language unless and until it is done. Hope our PM is listening!

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