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Nitin's comment on Hindi: Our National Language?

Nitin's comment on Hindi: Our National Language?
By going through the comments, it seems that most of us are concerned with only one aspect or other of the National Language Policy. We are a pluralist country and the absence of a single national language is a proof of that. Agreed that Hindi is the third most spoken language on the planet (and if we consider Hindi-Urdu to be a diasystem of the same root language borrowing technical jargon from much older classical languages of different regions, it might even come on the second place), but then even a Chinese guy has to speak in English if they want to be heard globally. Even the EU requires all its communications be held in English (although UK & Ireland are the only predominantly English speaking countries). This speaks volumes of the internationalist status of English. Although English is seen as the remaining vestiges of imperialism in India, but it is high time that we turn the tide in our favor just as we did with Cricket. Now, it is no longer considered a British game and playing in IPL is more profitable than playing county Cricket. To attain the purpose, lets aim to get rid of British English and have the Desi English (Indian English) institutionalized in our Constitution. This way no particular linguistic group will feel alienated on a national level and the state are free to adopt the locally dominant language for their day-to-day communications.Moreover,we will feel the Global language much closer to home because of its Desi touch. Just an after thought - if the Hindi speakers can achieve 3rd place for Hindi; just imagine what a billion plus people can do for the Indian English (that too taking into account the whole Subcontinent). Just imagine the Brits and American sweating-off to learn 'Indian' English so that they are understood well globally. If we can claim Cricket for ourselves, then English should not be a big deal. PS: I am a native Hindi speaker and wish from the bottom of my heart for this issue to be put to rest for good.
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Learning english is imperative as it opens up the portals of higher education, job opportunities and international acceptance. However, one must not let our regional languages decline, each is beautiful in its own way. I urge everyone to learn atleast one language from the north and one from the south and, if possible, even one from the north-east (our forgotten brethren). P.S.- I'm a native Gujarati speaker who also speaks Hindi, Bangla, Kannada and Telugu in addition to English.
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A really good suggestion, I must admit. When your suggestion is fully realised (it does not have to be government-implemented, it will happen on its own as English will easily outmuscle Hindi as the de facto national language within a decade or so), English will be the most widely-spoken language in the world. And guess what, Indian English will be the most common dialect. British English (the 'original English') will be reduced to a minority.
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