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A List of Hindi Imposition Activities of the Indian Government in 2016 (Part C: July - September)

Thanjai Nalankilli

TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2017 (ID. 2017-11-01)
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Click here for introductory remarks as to how this list is prepared. Skip it if you had already read that introduction. 13 items in this list.


2016-0720A: Hindi Imperialism at the Water Resources Ministry

India's Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti directed its officers to prepare agenda notes of important meetings in Hindi and then translate it into English (The Hindu Newspaper; July 20, 2016). Let the officers make notes in English or Hindi, whichever they are comfortable with. Then translate to the other language. This directive is another example of Hindi imperialism and unnecessary "harassment" of non-Hindi employees. It also decreases the efficiency and productivity of Indian government offices. When a non-Hindi employee, who is more proficient in English than Hindi, is forced to make notes in Hindi, it takes more time and effort and the loss of productivity. What is more important: productive and efficient offices or forced Hindi note-making?

2016-0804A: Discrimination in Indian Army Recruitment

Sources in the Indian Army Recruiting Office said that 40 to 50% applicants with class X and class XII qualifications, who passed the physical fitness and medical tests, failed to get into Indian Army because they could not pass the written examinations; written examinations are in English and Hindi only. Also, these examinations are based on CBSE syllabus. (The Hindu newspaper; August 4, 2016)

2016-0809A: Unconstitutional Attempt to Sideline English and Replace it with Hindi

A panel set up by Indian government Human Resources Development Ministry recommended that all goods, products, equipment and medicine sold in India, irrespective of where they have been manufactured, must have labels, instructions, brochures and operating manuals in Hindi and another regional language, and optionally English. (Indian Express; August 9, 2016)

Most likely the regional language would be the state official language. We are pleased that at last the state language would be mandatory. However, on closer look, it is a sugar coated poison pill. English is optional while Hindi is mandatory. I am a Tamil living in Tamil Nadu. I am jumping with joy that Tamil, my mother tongue - a language I understand, is there. But look at what happens to a Malayali from Kerala or a Bengali from West Bengal or a non-Hindi individual from a non-Hindi state on a short (few days) visit to Tamil Nadu for a vacation or business. That non-Hindi individual must have to know Hindi to travel anywhere outside his/her mother state. This is Hindi imposition of the worst kind. Non-Hindi peoples should oppose this move tooth and nail. If only 2 languages can be used they should be English and state language. By the way I have seen 4 languages in many products sold in Europe and America.

This new proposed policy helps only one people - the Hindi people. They can go around India knowing only their mother tongue. Non-Hindi people have to learn Hindi to travel outside their states. We need English for higher studies and traveling outside India. There is no need for the burden of a third language Hindi.

Making English optional may also be illegal. Laws passed in the wake of the 1965 anti-Hindi agitations stipulates that English will remain as an official language as long as the non-Hindi states want it. I hope some lawyers would sue the Indian government of this attempt to remove English and elevating Hindi as the sole official and link language.

Hindi imposition should be stopped even if it comes cunningly like a sugar coated poison pill.

2016-0814A: Hindi lectures at IITs, IIMs and Central Universities?

Indian Government is considering lectures in Indian languages at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Indian Institutes of Medicine (IIM) and central universities (The New Indian Express; August 14, 2016)

It is just a cunning way to bring Hindi as a medium of instruction alongside English. Are we going to offer lectures in all 22 languages listed in the constitution in every institute in every subject? How many professors do you have to hire? It is impossible. What will happen is Hindi lectures will be offered in every institute irrespective of the state, and may be a few Tamil lectures at Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (Madras) because Tamil Nadu Chief Minister would object to just Hindi lectures in Chennai.

This would also give employment opportunities to mediocre professors and lecturers from Hindi states at these elite institutions of higher education. Professors and lecturers who would otherwise not qualify for employment at these elite institutions would have lucrative employments because they know Hindi. All non-Hindi states should oppose this move.

2016-0820A: Scholarship for Hindi Studies Only

Indian Government's Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development offers "Scheme for Scholarship to Students From Non-Hindi Speaking States for Post-Metric Studies in Hindi"

[http://mhrd.gov.in/scholarships-education-loan seen on August 20, 2016].

No such scholarship for any other languages. We would have no problem if the scholarships are funded by Hindi states but it is funded by taxes from non-Hindi peoples also. In fact, much more than half the taxes are collected from non-Hindi peoples.

In a related news, No one applied for M.A. in Hindi and Sanskrit at University College, Mangalore University, Karnataka State. At the same time, every seat for M.Com. in the university is filled. (The Hindu newspaper; August 18, 2016). Why is the Indian government funding scholarships for Hindi no one is interested? Use the money wisely for studies in commerce, electronics, mathematics that are useful to the society.

2016-0820B: Environment and Sustainability Education for Hindi Peoples Only

Here is an advertisement from the Film and Television Unit of "The Energy and Resources Institute" (TERI). It said that TERI, with the support of Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, invites independent documentary filmmakers from India who are fluent in English or Hindi to tell stories of change on environment and sustainability. [seen at the TERI website on August 20, 2016].

It means that Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is funding this documentary for the benefit of those who know English and/or Hindi only. What about non-Hindi individuals interested in knowing about environment and sustainability? Why is the Indian government spending taxes collected from Hindi and non-Hindi peoples to inform and educate Hindi speakers and English-knowing non-Hindi peoples only?

It also create jobs for Hindi documentary makers. What about talented documentary makers who know only their mother language?

2016-0900A: Why Does Indian Government Care Only About Hindi Women?

Indian government announced a Scientific Content Writing Competition (in Hindi and English) to explain to "masses" the scientific facts on how male and female sexes are determined during pregnancy. The objective is to remove the harassment of women as solely responsible for bearing female children (IndianBioScience.org; September 2016).

Why is the competition in Hindi and English only? The documentary films, pamphlets, posters, cartoons and animations produced under this scheme would benefit only Hindi people and English-knowing non-Hindi people. If Indian government is for the benefit of all Indians, why are non-Hindi "masses" left out? They are paying taxes to the Indian government. Are non-Hindi women any less than Hindi women? Is it alright to harass them?

2016-0900B: Hindi Enforcement Officer at Hindustan Prefab Limited

Recently Hindustan Prefab Limited advertised for a Rajbhasha Officer (advertisement seen on September 2016). Hindustan Prefab Limited is a Government of India enterprise; that is, is under Indian government control. Rajbhasha Officers are appointed to make sure that Hindi is used to the maximum in the office. Hindustan Prefab Limited makes prefabricated structural components for buildings. Spend money on improving efficiency of production thus reducing cost of buildings. Do not spend money on improving Hindi imposition in these companies.

2016-0901A: No Plans to include State Language in Railway Tickets

In response to a grievance filed on September 1, 2016 asking Indian Railways to include Tamil in all rail tickets issued in Tamil Nadu State, Railways Ministry replied that the software developed for Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) can print only two languages. It added that there is no possibility of adding a third language at present. click here

Change or modify the software to print more languages. Until that is effected, print tickets in state language and English.

2016-0907A: Indian Government Department of Consumer Affairs

Indian government's Department of Consumer Affairs website is in English and Hindi only. They also have a Toll Free number 1800114000 and it also provides information in English and Hindi only. (seen on September 7, 2016)

The department is funded from taxes paid by all the people of India. Why is it not in all Indian languages?

2016-0918A: Hindi on National Highways Tollgates

Ms Umashree, Kannada and Culture Minister of Karnataka, asked the Indian government to urge National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to employ locals at the tollgates because of friction between local drivers and non-Karnataka employees at tollgates (Deccan Herald; September 18, 2016).

India government and its agencies employ large numbers of out-of-staters who do not know the state language and this has been a problem for local people. Many employees at Indian government owned banks, Life Insurance Corporation, railway, National Highways Authority, coastguard and central police do not know the local language and is a hardship for local people who have to deal with them. While knowing the state language is not a requirement, knowledge of Hindi is mandatory for these employees.

2016-0922A: Telugu Language Development Committee

Andhra State government formed a six-member Telugu Language Development Committee to promote Telugu.

We not only applaud this move, we suggest that all states form such committees to protect our languages; Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and some other states do have such state government efforts.

We take this opportunity to ask the Indian government to get out of Hindi language development business and let the Hindi states handle it. Indian government belongs to all states, all language groups. It is unfair and unjust for the Indian government to uses thousands of crores of Rupees of non-Hindi tax monies to promote Hindi that is the native language of just one region of India.

2016-0926A: European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages is observed annually on 26 September to celebrate the linguistic diversity of the continent. It is being observed since 2001 to raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe and to promote cultural and linguistic diversity. European Union has 24 official languages.

In India, Hindi Day is observed by Indian government annually to promote Hindi. In Indian government offices, it is not just one day, it is Hindi week. No such day or week is observed for other languages. Indian government promotes Hindi at great expense while other languages are ignored.

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