Hindi Weeks and Hindi Fortnights

Hindi Weeks and Hindi Fortnights

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TAMIL TRIBUNE, December 1999 (ID.1999-12-01)
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Abbreviations:

DOT - Department of Telecommunication

STR - Southern Telecom Region

In Section 5 of his article "Indian Government Blocks Tamil Development into the Twenty First Century" [Reference 1], Thanjai Nalankilli mentions how Hindi is imposed in the Atomic Energy Department and the Oil and Gas Commission, asking every employee to do as much work as possible in Hindi, including taking notes at meetings, writing comments on margins of reports, etc. and giving awards to those who excel in the use of Hindi. 

Here is a 1996 memorandum from Government of India, Department of Telecommunications (DOT) Southern Telecom Region (STR) head to his managers. Similar memoranda are sent every year in every central government department. Here are excerpts from the memorandum.

"This year the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has instructed that we organize Hindi Fortnight instead of Hindi Week. In Southern Telecom Region (STR), we have decided to have a Hindi Fortnight from September 1, 1996 to September 15, 1996. During the course of discussions of the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language with the Secretary and other senior officers of DOT, it was suggested that during the period of the Hindi Fortnight, all employees/officers should be motivated to do their maximum official work in Hindi... Therefore, I would like you to see that as much official work is done in Hindi as possible and also during this fortnight conversation with each other in the office is also done in Hindi. Officers also should sign letters in Hindi to give a fillip to the use of Hindi in day-to-day official work."

This memorandum speaks for itself of the vigor and energy devoted to imposing Hindi.

REFERENCE

1. Indian Government Blocks Tamil Development into the Twenty First Century, TAMIL TRIBUNE, September 1999

RELATED ARTICLE

Government of India's Hindi Imposition Agenda for 2002-2003 (by M. T.), TAMIL TRIBUNE, May 2002.

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