Indian Politics: Andhra Pradesh's Chandrababu Naidu Learns Hindi!

Thanjai Nalankilli

TAMIL TRIBUNE, Month 2008 (ID. 2008-10-02)
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Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu is learning Hindi. Why this new found love for Hindi at his age? No, this is no love story. Just political necessity.

India eNews reported on April 4, 2008, "Now that N. Chandrababu Naidu is looking for a larger role in national politics, the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister is dead serious about learning Hindi."

Chandrababu Naidu is the convener of United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) comprising of six political parties. He is working towards a parliamentary election victory for the alliance and he becoming the Prime Minister of India. He knows the power of Hindi belt in Indian parliament. He knows that he needs to learn Hindi in order to get the support of Hindi politicians, even in his own alliance, for his prime ministerial bid.  It is this political ambition that pushed the 58 year old Naidu to learn Hindi. See Reference 1 (Sections 10 & 12) as to why prime minister candidates rush to learn Hindi or at least pretend to know Hindi.

Although Hindi is a compulsory subject in Andhra schools and he had passed high school Hindi examinations, he knows that it is not enough to appease Hindi politicians. In recent years he had made a few speeches in Hindi. Whether he actually knew what he was saying or pretended to know Hindi by reading or memorizing speeches written in Hindi for him is not known. (Former Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, from Karnataka State, fooled at least some people by reading Hindi speeches written in his native Kannada script.)

Whenever Hindi politicians come to Tamil Nadu to speak at election rallies they say in Tamil "vankakkam" (greetings) and then move on to speak in English that would be translated to Tamil. But it is not enough for the master ruling race of Hindians. Anyone who wants to make an impression on Hindi politicians and populace needs to speak in Hindi (or at least pretend so by reading out a Hindi speech written by others).

We already mentioned what Deve Gowda did. Some years ago when Congress Party president Ms. Sonia Gandhi attempted to speak in English she was booed [Reference 1, Section 12]. A senior Hindi politician, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav, asked presidential candidate Dr. Abdul Kalam of Tamilnadu, to learn Hindi [Reference 2]. Back in the 1960, when asked if he was interested in the prime minister post, the most popular and powerful politician of Tamil Nadu at that time, Mr. Kamaraj said, "I do not know English or Hindi. I could not become the prime minister." Kamaraj could as well have said,  "I do not know Hindi. I could not become the prime minister" as evidenced by events listed above.

Should an aspirant for the high post of Prime Minister of India spend the time learning Indian economy, foreign affairs, military matters, etc. or spend the time learning Hindi which has no use except for appeasing Hindi politicians and populace?

Similarly non-Hindi employees at all levels are required to study Hindi and pass examinations. Should an accountant working in a non-Hindi state spend time learning new accounting software and principles or learn Hindi? Should an engineer spend time updating or upgrading his technical skills or learn Hindi? Because of the political clout of Hindi politicians, millions of hours of employee time are wasted in learning Hindi which serves no purpose other than establishing and demonstrating Hindi hegemony over non-Hindi peoples.

"If Hindi were to become the official language of India, Hindi-speaking people will govern us. We will be treated like third rate citizens". - Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai (April 29, 1963)


1. Who Rules India? (Part I) (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2000 (see Sections 10 & 12).

2. Indian President Abdul Kalam bows to Hindi Chauvinists (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2002.


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