SHAMEFUL NEGLECT & DECLINE OF HINDI IN HINDUSTHAN (PARTITIONED INDIA, OR BROKEN BHARAT), IN CONTRAST, SEE THE SHINE & GLORY OF LITHUANIAN LANGUAGE IN LITHUANIA
Date: 27 Nov 2007
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CELEBRATING MOTHER-TONGUE DAY
Lok Sabha celebrated ‘Mother Tongue Day’ on 21.02.2006 with Lok Sabha Speaker initiating House-proceedings in his mother-tongue Bangla, ministers and other members following by having their say in their respective mother-tongues. But why ‘Mother Tongue Day’ or ‘Hindi Day’ is celebrated only once a year? Every day of the year should be made ‘Mother Tongue Day’ by abolishing ever-increasing dominance of English in our day-to-day life. National Language Hindi should replace English in government-work. Dominance of English restricts all fruits of development to a select category of urbanites knowing English.
Presently even some prominent Hindi newspapers are polluting Hindi by imposition of English words not only in Devnagri script but even in Roman script. Perhaps such may be the only example in the world where newspapers may be polluting their very own language of publication in name of ‘commonly used’ words. Many a times such newspapers give place to even such English words which are not so common as compared to their Hindi equivalents! Hindi newspapers have rather duty to popularise Hindi vocabulary. Even unpopular Hindi words can be effectively popularised if used by media. Example is the word Doordarshan which became a household name for commoners once it was used by the national electronic media! Unfortunately we have Bhaarat called India and Dehli spelled as Delhi while most other countries changed names and spellings of their names and of their capitals as per actual pronunciation in their native languages!
DMK U-TURN IN FAVOUR OF HINDI
It refers to welcome surprise of DMK in Tamilnadu taking a U-turn by now adopting Hindi in its poll-campaign for votes of Hindi-speaking voters in the State. It may be recalled that DMK came first time to power in Tamilnadu in the year 1967 only by riding on anti-Hindi wave when public-property with prints in Hindi was burnt causing much harm to rail-property.
Jansangh (now BJP) came to power in northern states in the same year 1967 by riding on anti-English wave. But now its leaders prefer English for interviews, and send their children in schools with English-medium. It seems divide on issue of language is a political past.
Film fare-awards have been the oldest and most popular amongst various such awards started later. But most regretting aspect about all these award-functions is that even though awards are in respect of Hindi films, all these award-presentation functions are in English! Artists gaining so much name and money through Hindi films find it proud and status-rich to communicate in English. We should be proud of ever-glorious and unmatched Lata Mangeshkar who in this era of English-domination still prefers communicating in her own language of art i.e. Hindi. Our film-artists and organisers of award-ceremonies should at least for experimental basis once try for presenting these functions in Hindi. People throughout India especially from rural areas will definitely like such Hindi-presentation which can be later verified from opinion-poll.
HINDI IN USA
It refers to the news of Hindi being amongst popular world-languages being considered to be taught in US in an effort of US President George Bush so as to make his country stay ahead in the fast changing-world! Reversely in Bhaarat, government and media are busy in upgrading English at the cost of Hindi by creating an impression that domination of English can only make the country progress! Fact remains that such policy restricts all fruits of development to a select category of urbanites knowing English. All developed countries including China, Russia, France, Germany and Japan proudly use their own languages at all international levels without feeling shy of not communicating in English.
Returning Cheque written in Sanskrit or Hindi
It refers to the news of Delhi State Consumer Forum rightly pulling up Andhra Bank for returning cheque drawn in Sanskrit. Even though cheques drawn in Sanskrit must not be returned, the cheque in question with ‘Sahastra’ written for ‘thousand’ was in Hindi because ‘Sahastra’ is also a Hindi word adopted from Sanskrit. It is only due to wrong policies of government and undesired media-fashion that our own national and mother language Hindi may ultimately become a ‘dead’ language like Sanskrit.
Insult to national language Hindi by a person holding responsible post in the Union government
It refers to the shocking report that Sam Pitroda while chairing the on-going Non-Resident Indian Conference at Mumbai disgracefully apologised for Hindi speech of Magsaysay-awardee Rajender Singh. Incidentally Pitroda who holds status of Union Cabinet Minister in his capacity as member of National Advisory Council refused to take back the apology as desired by many at the Conference. Insult to national language Hindi by a person holding responsible post in the Union government is indeed regretting.
Hindi-day is celebrated every year on 14th September with much fun-fare.
Hindi newspapers have rather duty to popularise Hindi vocabulary. Even unpopular Hindi words can be effectively popularised if used by media. Example is the word Doordarshan which became a household name for commoners once it was used by the national electronic media! Even Zee TV once started Hinglish (Hindi-mix-English) in its news-bulletins. But such language was later discontinued because a teasing effect on ears of sensible listeners.
It is regretful that while other countries including China, Russia, Germany, Japan etc proudly use their own language even in international matters; our national language is discarded in such shameful manner in our own country. Union government should clarify its stand on Hindi and seek clarification from Sam Pitroda for his regretful behaviour.