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Sampathkumar Iyangar (Natteri Adigal)'s comment on Hindi: Our National Language?

Sampathkumar Iyangar (Natteri Adigal)'s comment on Hindi: Our National Language?
What is there to be "felt ashamed" at the realisation that India does not have a national language? The author has explained the situation lucidly for Hindi fanatics who blindly campaign for a larger-than-life status to this language: "The national language defines the people of the nation, culture and history. The official language is used for official communication. While the national language can become the official language by default, an official language has to be approved by law in order to become the national language." While nobody can object to the 10 cow-belt states (originally referring to the Hindi belt, also known as BiMaRU representing Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and UP) spending their resources on the development of this language, it cannot be acceptable for the Central government - funded by the whole country - to give any special treatment for Hindi. Just because New Delhi happens to be situated in the Hindi belt, it cannot make the language “more equal” than others. The truth is that there can be no "national language" for India because it is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-national entity that came to be a single administrative unit for the first time only under the East India Company. For that reason, only English can enjoy the status of the "link language" or common official language between all States, including the BiMaRU States. It will be foolish to expect a Bengali to accept Hindi as his "national" language when his/her own mother tongue reigns in Bangladesh. Similarly, no Tamilian will accept being a second-class subject of any nation with another language as its "national" language. It must be remembered that Tamil is recognized as a national language in countries like Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. It cannot be a argument that the Constitution stipulates, "It shall be the duty of the Union to promote the spread of the Hindi language . . ." under article 351. The Indian constitution has several such deadwood provisions asking the State to do things, which currently are considered illegitimate interferences with market economy—prohibition, ban on cow-slaughter, swadeshi and khadi nationalism etc. North Indian politicians must dump their pipe dream of making Hindi as the "national language" without delay. Otherwise, every coastal State of India will cede one by one, starting with Tamil Nadu, leaving only the Hindi belt as (H)india!
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If its national language of so many counties, Dun you think it originated somewhere there?? Wake up, The English have left. Oh you have woke up already, and captured decision making seats, didnt you?
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hi sampath ur comment to this article is very true.Lets all be as INDIAN and not as HINDIAN
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