Ten Stupid Things Hindi Politicians Said (India 1946-2013: Hindi Imposition, Fanaticism, Ignorance and Arrogance)
TAMIL TRIBUNE, April 2014 (ID. 2014-04-01)
Here are some quotes from Hindi politicians and "intellectuals" about Hindi imposition (making Hindi the official, link or national language of India) and our brief retorts. You will see in these quotes ignorance, arrogance and an imperial attitude.
These are not uneducated people. One was Prime Minister of India, one was Home Minister of India, one was Chief Minister of the largest state in India, two were members of the Indian constitution assembly, two were Hindi writers including one recipient of Padmashree Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Indian government. Yet they have all made stupid and factually wrong statements. Are they ignorant, stupid or thought that people would believe their false utterances because of their high positions?1)
"For thousands of years one and the same culture has all along been obtaining here.... It is in order to maintain this tradition that we want one language and one script for the whole country." - Seth Govind Das, Constitution Assembly member (in 1949)
"People who do not know Hindustani have no right to stay in India. People who are present in this House to fashion a Constitution for India and do not know Hindustani are not worthy to be members of this Assembly. They had better leave." - R.V. Dhulekar (speaking at the Indian Constitutional assembly on December 10, 1946) [Constitution Assembly Debates-Official Report, Volume 1 (p 26-27), Lok Sabha Secretariat, 1988]
"Official work should be done in Hindi so that people can understand the matters which are related to them". - Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. (DNA India website, September 14, 2013).
"The biggest mistake that we made post-independence was not to make Hindi the national language. Had that happened, the country wouldn't have been divided into so many parts." - Naresh Agarwal, A senior Samajwadi Party leader (IBN Live website, November 18, 2013).
" Hindi was naturally accepted as the link-language before 1947 but became a subject of controversy after independence." - Lal Krishna Advani (L. K. advani), Home Minister of India (at a meeting honoring the Hindi writer Govind Misra in New Delhi) (Rediff on the Net, December 21, 1998)
"If Hindi were announced as the official language immediately after independence, there would have been no opposition to it." - Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Dinamani, February 12, 2000)
"Anti-Hindi people have tried their best to make it just a link-language in India, but they would never succeed because it is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people." - Padamshree Giriraj Kishore (Times of India, September 15, 2013).
"Hindi united India during freedom struggle. Today it has become divisive." - Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (speaking at a function in New Delhi) (Dinakaran (Tamil daily), December 21, 2003)
"The battle of independence was fought and won through Hindi." - Badri Narain Tiwari (a Hindi author) (Times of India, September 15, 2013).
"All the great leaders and revolutionaries of any religion or state used Hindi in the freedom struggle." - Badri Narain Tiwari (a Hindi author) (Times of India, September 15, 2013).
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History: A Chronology of Anti-Hindi Agitations in Tamil Nadu and What the Future Holds (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2003 (33 KB) (h)
History of Anti-Hindi Imposition Agitations in Tamil Nadu from 1938, including the 1965 Tamil Nadu Students Anti-Hindi Agitation in which more than 60 unarmed Tamils were killed by Indian security forces and half a dozen Tamil patriots set themselves to fire (self-immolation) in protest. Events, names and dates.
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