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Central Hindi Directorate and Your Tax Money (Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya, India)

Parameshwari Balakrishnan

TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 2013 (ID. 2013-09-01)
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1. Your Taxes at Work in Central Hindi Directorate (Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya)

Central Hindi Directorate (Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya) is a department within the Ministry of Human Resource Development and its sole purpose is to develop and promote Hindi. This department is funded by tax monies from all the people and businesses of India to promote and develop Hindi that is the mother tongue of about 40% of Indians concentrated in the North-Central region of India.

Activities funded by the Central Hindi Directorate (Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya) include the following (all the activities listed in this section are from the Central Hindi Directorate website (as seen in July 2013)). We have added our own comments at appropriate places.

1.

Correspondence courses in Hindi at cut-rate prices (heavily subsidized by the Directorate--that is, heavily subsidized by Hindi and non-Hindi taxpayers). Correspondence course for "Advanced Diploma" costs only 300 Rupees. You would have to spend thousands of Rupees to get Advanced Diploma in any other language. Why this discrimination against non-Hindi languages?

2.

Hindi dictionaries for several foreign languages including Russian, Hungarian, Sinhala, Czech, Korean, Romanian, Bulgarian. Nepali, Arabic, Persian, Chinese and Polish. We would have no complaint if the Indian Government would develops similar dictionaries for all the Indian languages listed in the constitution.

3.

Financial grants to propagate Hindi in non-Hindi regions. Organizations in Tamil Nadu that received grants include Akhil Hindi Mahavidyalaya, (Coimbatore), Dakshin Bharat Hindi Parchar Sabha (Triuchirappalli, Ooty and several Chennai locations, Bhasha Sangam (Chennai) and Satyaseelate Gyanalaya (Chennai). Similar organizations in other non-Hindi regions also received grants. How about grants to teach Malayalam or Telugu in other states?

4.

Prizes to Hindi writers whose mother tongue is not Hindi and residing in non-Hindi states. How about prizes to Bengali writers residing outside West Bengal or Marathi writers residing outside Maharashtra? Don't Bengalis and Marathis pay taxes too? 

5.

Awards to authors of "excellent and though-provoking" Hindi books in social sciences, philosophy, political thought, culture, communication, moral science, science and technology, medical science, law, political science, environment and other subjects related to education. Why single out authors of Hindi books? Don't other Indian languages count?

6.

Hindi Writer's Workshop of non-Hindi-speaking regions (with a view to imparting latest detailed information about fiction, poetry, drama and other forms of Hindi literature as well of translation, journalism etc. to neo-Hindi writers of non-Hindi-speaking states). Our criticism is "offer such workshops for all Indian languages". 

7.

Study tours of Hindi students of non-Hindi-speaking states to universities and voluntary Hindi organizations located across Hindi-speaking states. Why a special perk for Hindi students only?

2. Our Criticism of the Central Hindi Directorate (Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya)

There is no Hindi imposition in the activities of the Central Hindi Directorate (Kendriya Hindi Nideshalaya). No one is forced to learn Hindi or work in Hindi. Hindi imposition is carried out by number of other Indian government agencies (see Reference 1). What is happening is Hindi is given a favoured treatment.

In a multi-lingual entity such as India, the central government should not favour just one language. Disband the Central Hindi Directorate and create a Central Languages Directorate and create within it different sections for each language listed in the constitution. Allocate funds to each language according to the population.

(We want to point out Central Hindi Directorate is not the only department that spends tax monies on Hindi, there are a number of other departments too. we will discuss them elsewhere.)

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REFERENCES

1. Hindi Imposition in India

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