Should Hindi be the official language of India?
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|Jasnsja said: (Mar 10, 2018)|
|No. Enforcing Hindi on non-Hindi speakers would result in chaos. Everyone is proud of their own mother tongue. Hindi people should shove it up their asses only.|
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|Aman Kumar Swarnkar said: (Mar 10, 2018)|
|Hello, myself Aman. I want to say that Hindi should be our national language because there are many people in our country who can work hard, have good ideas, have good knowledge but they don't know how to speak English so they can't able to communicate with higher authority. There is a communication gap among these people with higher authority but those have capacity to deal with external world must know English and to serve our Country Hindi should we our national language.|
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|Saif Reshi said: (Mar 9, 2018)|
|No, it should not be official language because India is mixed up of many tribes and communities every tribe, community speaks their own language from where they brought up. Hindi is speaking only in few states of the country but most of the other states speak their own communal language. So, it will be difficult for non-hindi speaking people if it will be made as an official language.|
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|Aman Kumar said: (Mar 3, 2018)|
|Hindi should be one of the official language of India along with other spoken language in India because In many states especially in South India most people either don't know hindi or face difficulty to speak, If Hindi become the only official language of India then it will reduce the freedom of speech in many parts of India.|
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|Arnab Dutta Chowdhury said: (Feb 27, 2018)|
|Hindi should not be the only official language of India. The official language status should be accorded to multiple languages. If it is not possible, then English should be the only official language. Education helps a child grow up and especially our higher education courses are very important. Most of our higher education courses are in English medium. Technically, English should be our default official language. If we consider the notion of identity, we must understand that Hindi is not the identity of person from non-Hindi states. Therefore, officially all languages should be nurtured equally by the GOI. The GOI should not indulge in micromanaging or manipulating language used in the everyday private chats.|
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|Neha said: (Feb 26, 2018)|
|No, it should not be. Because Hindi is not easy to write, understand. It is quite tough. Majority of the people didn't speak Hindi. India is a United nation. So we should speak a common language so that it is easy to communicate with others. And to show the quality of unity.|
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|Yushra Bano said: (Feb 22, 2018)|
|I think, Hindi should be the official language of India because to unite the country we need a language, so why it is not Hindi as it is understood by the majority of the people.|
But at the same time, we have to respect every language and give equal importance to all Indian languages for the development and happiness of the country.
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|Sumit said: (Feb 17, 2018)|
|I want to say, language doesn't matter to communicate, how you communicate with others is important, communication can be done by any language, if you are making Hindi is an official language there may be you reducing freedom of peoples.|
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|Harris said: (Feb 15, 2018)|
In my opinion, Hindi should not be an official language in India, because there are lots of people in India who can't speak Hindi, there are many different cultures and different languages like Tamil, Punjabi, Urdu, Kannada etc in India, as we all know India is a diversified country, so Hindi should not be official language. But we should proud on the Hindi language.
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|Ishaan Cariappa said: (Feb 14, 2018)|
|No, As Hindi is a language that is only at the convenience of the northern states and doesn't take into consideration the southern states such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. So a language that almost everyone can speak in our country is english. Because of the british english english was spread all across the country and was used by everyone. So I think english should be the national language and it should be mandatory for everyone in India to be literate in english.|
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|T.S Biradar said: (Feb 14, 2018)|
|Hindi should be an official language of India yes, everyone can communicate through only one language by default and it helps to proud to talk in Hindi, in the country we have many languages if someone went to from one state to Oder state de can communicate easily, if we made Hindi as an official language.|
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|B.Logendhiran said: (Feb 13, 2018)|
|Hindi should be official language but not used to national language. India has many states and religion.|
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|Shankar K. said: (Feb 6, 2018)|
|If the language spoken by majority meant to be made NL, then for north India Hindi is similar to all north languages & for south India, Tamil is similar to all Dravidian languages, and for whole India English can be considered understood by the majority. In that case, efforts should be made to provide all Indians academics in English.|
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|Daya said: (Feb 6, 2018)|
|Think, doesn't It sound very odd when an Indian need a translator to communicate with another Indian. We always say unity in diversity, but does it really work?|
We all know how many problems is faced due to the language barrier. And if it continues in future then the day would no far when all states will divide themselves on the basis of their language.
If anyone directly says that XYZ (either Hindi or for other) should be the official language then it may cause a civil war. But we all now that we need a common language, so for this we must choose that language which has a majority. And people who are not comfortable with that language should provide facilities to learn it by making it a permanent subject in academic studies.
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|Nirrudha said: (Feb 5, 2018)|
|Hindi must not be the official language. How would you feel if your mother is dragged out and replaced by another? Hindi speaking people, on the other hand, must learn to respect India of her diversity and cultural heritage. People In this forum supporting Hindi need to have some gratitude, for south has provided shelter to millions and millions of north Indians. Is this a way to show your respect in return?|
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|Raghav Reddy said: (Feb 2, 2018)|
|I think the debate on this topic is enough now. There are few states people trying imposing Hindi on all they don't understand how other non-hindi will suffer from it, they are just behind their own convenience forgetting about others concerns. This is not the situation for which south Indian states had joined to form Indian union it's destroyed attack on their mother tongue n identity. If this tussle goes on then its better all Hindi favouring states should form their own Hindi country n leave apart non-Hindi states.|
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|Vikas Poria said: (Jan 28, 2018)|
|According to my view, Hindi should be compulsory language in the Indian offices Because in India many people don't know English and many other languages, for example, a person of Haryana don't know south Indian languages and a people of South India. Don't know Punjabi Haryanvi, therefore, Hindi should be compulsory make official language o India.|
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|Tanya Kaur said: (Jan 25, 2018)|
|I don't agree with the statement that Hindi should be official language because about 60% of the people don't know Hindi and do not speak Hindi. There are many other languages in India like Punjabi, English, Maharathi, Kashmiri and etc. In India, people firstly use to speak Sanskrit. So I think Hindi should not be the official language in India.|
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|Shruti said: (Jan 23, 2018)|
|Hindi is a language not for all Indians it is just medium for the express view, to talk And not all Indians comfortable with Hindi mainly south India peoples they have their language and its right to say that it's not necessary that all Indians want Hindi as the national language. So for everyone without creating any disputes don't need to make Hindi as N.L.|
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|Pranjal Prajapati said: (Jan 22, 2018)|
I'm Pranjal Prajapati.
Yes, I agree that Hindi should be official language because most of the people of India are comfortable with Hindi language and about South Indian people they can also speak Hindi most of them or people.
So I think Hindi should be Official Language.
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|Neha Saxena said: (Jan 19, 2018)|
In my opinion, there should Hindi should not be an official language as India is a diversified country and there are people with different culture and different regional languages. If there will be a single official language than it can create some difficulties and all the people will not be comfortable. For example in south India people speak Tamil, Bengali, Kanad and they can find difficulties if Hindi will be the universal language.
But at the same time definitely, we should consider our Hindi language secondary to the English language as Hindi defines our nation OK nationality and we should be proud of it. English is just a language we should judge a person by his language. But nowadays especially in the metro city people perceive that those who speak English are well educated, have a high standard of living and they are very knowledgeable but this perception right as English is just a language.
So the conclusion is that there should not be any official language for our country but we should respect our Hindi language and we should be proud of it.
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|Jyoti said: (Dec 28, 2017)|
|Hello, it's Jyoti. I'm completely against to this topic reason being India is a country which has a number of languages. People from the different state have their own language. Thus India is not dependent on only one language. For eg, if we assume Hindi to be our official language it won't work because a person from belonging from south India will not be able to understand. See we should not be diplomatic that both Hindi and English will work yes English being a common language not only for India bit for the whole world is the only language for an official matter so that everyone can understand it better. Being an Indian we cannot give preference to our Hindi. Because India itself has many languages then why only Hindi.|
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|Sai said: (Dec 23, 2017)|
|As far as my concerned There should be no official language for India. The people from North can understand hindi, as their mother tongue is hindi but what about the people of south ? Yes many of south people know hindi but why should we follow hindi as official language, what if we demand our regional language to be official language, are those hindi speaking states going to agree ? They won't, because o imposing hindi as official language and English as communicative language every state in India loosing its local language respect and knowledge.|
Finally if we really need to have an official language then we all must vote for English which is easily understandable to everyone except the illiterate persons but the local officers will explain them in local language.
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|Rahulbali said: (Dec 18, 2017)|
|Of course, 100percent without any doubt Hindi should be the official language of India. Because it is the only language which is commonly spoken by every person of this country. From the north to south and east to west people are able to understand this language. Even an illiterate person can easily understand this. And this is official language means. Which is understand and spoken by every person which lead forward all the sections of society come together. Moreover, English as a second language must be promoted to move with the world. HINDI as an official language does not mean we should ignore other ones. Each language has its own place.|
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|Yukti Varshney said: (Dec 14, 2017)|
This is Yukti Varshney.
I would like to appreciate the dogma of participants.
In my opinion Hindi should be the official language of India, As we know India is Hindustan so Hindi is the identity of India, although India is diversifying countryside, so it is very much difficult to adopt all language, everyone will favour to his state language, it's better to make one nation one language Hindi should be the official language of India. Children are unable to speak write read and understand the Hindi Language which is shameful being Indian. Hindi language must be mandatory in the office so our coming generation must be able to focus on Hindi. People ignore Hindi as it makes their standardized lower which is not true actually. People make their standard by speaking English. Most of the people focus on their state, not the entire country. If we following the same phenomenon for long do very soon India will loose it's identity of Hindi.
I strongly believe It should be an Official language of our proud nation.
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|Naga said: (Dec 13, 2017)|
|There should be no official language of India as there is no official sport of the country.|
In my view, English is already filling the void of the common language connecting north and the south. It has been secondary or tertiary language in administration behind the official language of many states.
Moreover, Hindi does not represent the entire country but only north. So Hindi or any other language doesn't have a right to be the official language for such a diverse country as India.
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|Dsr said: (Dec 10, 2017)|
In my opinion, Hindi should be the official language in India as we must have our own country official language. Every country has their own official language and because of that, they have fewer difficulties in coordination among their country people. Hindi is a well-known language all over India and also to its neighbor countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh. Also if we go outside of India other countries always see us as a people of Hindi speaking language. They don't know anything about, other national languages of India. Also as we all are considered as Hindi in other countries irrespective of our different religions so why shouldn't we have Hindi as an official language? Some people think whoever speaks English is an intelligent person but the reality is that it's just a language which has been recognized as an international language to communicate with other continents people. So even a Hindi speaker can be much intelligent than a fluent speaker of English language. In India, Hindi will also be easily understood by other non Hindi speaker people of different states.
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|Abrar said: (Dec 9, 2017)|
|It is more of a diverse matter than it looks. I want to summarise it in following points: |
1. There needs to be a common language which every person in a country should know. This creates a sense of unity of the nation, also people will understand each other in any part of the country irrespective of caste, religion, and level of literacy. Since the majority of the population of India can't speak English. Therefore that common language apparently should be Hindi.
2. Due to its huge diversity, there may b choas and disturbance in the country if Hindi is used as an official language, a particular group would want their own language to be the official language.
3. For the sake of argument, if Hindi is considered as an official language, it would have its own disadvantages in the sense that all the English books need to translate into Hindi and that perfect Hindi may not be deciphering to many. Also if our education is build solely in Hindi medium our English language strength will be very poor and students will find difficulty in studying in foreign countries. Students of a developing nation like India should have a strong hold on English to pursue the carriers in foreign countries.
In nutshell, Hindi can't be made official language but it should be one compulsory subject from childhood for students so that people understand each other at the same time are able to surf comfortably through the world to make themselves and their country proud.
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|Chokra said: (Dec 9, 2017)|
|Yes, Hindi should be the official language of India. Did anyone of you heard about "Devanagiri Lipi", in which what we speak it is written in the same way whereas in other languages it not in that way. What we speak is different from what we write. And it is the Language which can be easily written and easy to understand and speak and this is the reason why our government made it as an official Language of India. And most of the words are same as Sanskrit which is understandable by everyone. So just raising issue on this topic leads to national problem where every state has to fight.|
The government should take further more steps for easy learning and be reading Hindi Language like making it compulsory as the first language in school, interlevel.
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|Venky said: (Dec 6, 2017)|
In my point of view, Hindi shouldn't be made as India's official language because if made it won't be a unifying factor for India. Our entire country is divided into different states based on languages if Hindi becomes official language the people speaking other language feel they're alienated hence there will unnecessary chaos in the country that's why our founding fathers of our country didn't made Hindi the official language. Hence to preserve our unity in diversity we shouldn't make Hindi as the official language of India.
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|Priyanka said: (Nov 30, 2017)|
According to my thought, official language should be made to that language where each and every person from Kashmir to Kanyakumari will be able to understand and speak as well.
Every language is beautiful just like every festival of India is.
So Hindi should be made official language but that doesn't mean we should ignore other languages because each language plays important role in its own way.
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|Priyanka said: (Nov 30, 2017)|
According to my thought, official language should be made to that language where each and every person from Kashmir to Kanyakumari will be able to understand and speak as well.
Every language is beautiful in its own way just like every festival of India is. So Hindi should me made official language but that doesn't mean we should ignore other languages because every language plays important role in its own way.
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|Abhishek Singh said: (Nov 27, 2017)|
|First of all, I would like to clear the topic i.e., should Hindi be our official language or not, friends, making Hindi official language doesn't mean that people can't speak other languages, of course, they can speak other languages too, but they should know Hindi as well.|
As far as my opinion, is concerned, Hindi should be made our official language:-.
Language is not only a way of communication rather a key to making the sense of unity. A common language makes a united sense in the whole country. People in their own country are not understanding others language, why to give example to go to foreign countries. What a unity is this, we are Indian but are not understanding the words of Indians from different corners of our country. There should be a common language so that people of our country can understand others feeling where ever they go, there is no need to give an example of going to other countries to understand language.
And our national language is Hindi, so why not the whole country should know Hindi. We are just insulting our Constitution by not knowing our national language.
All the developed countries have their own common language when they deal with other countries why don't they use other countries' language, they use their own language, so why not we use our own language, why we use their language to talk to them (English language).
Friends, our ancestors have sacrificed their life for uniting the country and we are fighting here for language. Hindustan is from Hindi, yes it's true that learning Hindi in southern states is tougher, it will take time but not more than the time taken by our ancestors to free our country from Britishers. Yes, it will hamper the efficiency of people but it will come to the level in less than 200 years for which we were ruled by the English people.
It's not only we should talk about comfort, nationality is also a word.
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|Chaitali Chamle said: (Nov 20, 2017)|
|I believe India is the mixture of different cultures. In India there are different religions peoples are living. Language is just a way to communicate with other people and that man should understand what he wants to speak. We can't force to those who don't know the Hindi language. Most of the peoples knew the Hindi language but nowadays, English is much important for the job or to maintain foreign relations.|
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|Ridhima said: (Nov 5, 2017)|
|In my opinion, Hindi should be our official language because that's we are Hindustani. We people blindly following the language of some other country. Like all other country we should also give respect to our language.|
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|Harshit said: (Nov 3, 2017)|
|I do not agree with the statement that Hindi should be official language of India as most of the people in India do not speak Hindi there are many other languages also who different people speak in different regions of India. AND for those who are saying that Hindi should be official language for protecting our culture and our heritage they should first go and find out more information because as far as my knowledge in India people firstly use to speak Sanskrit and many books like RAMAYAN MAHABHARAT were written in Sanskrit. So I think all languages should be given equal importance.|
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|Ahmad said: (Nov 1, 2017)|
|Suppose I know only one language, so in order to go other part of the country or state of the country. I have to learn English, and English is a language which we have to learn by giving money to school or institution because every government schools teaches in their own language. I think one who. Who doesn't know how to talk in English, suppose to stay in their respective state. There is no link language, today I am in other part of country, here auto driver or grocerer know their own language, and I have to spend my whole life for this central government job. How would I survive. I feel crying and I cried. What to do. In my own country I feel like foreigner. So government should take initiative to teach each and every Indian to learn either in Hindi or English to be mandatory. I think it should be Hindi because form this we known to be Hindustani. Let learn as link language. So we can move to any part of India happily and make India World strongest economy. People make good economy of any country Not English language. For learning English whole nation have to learn but for Hindi at least half nation required. After learning language give money as reward.|
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|Abuthi said: (Oct 21, 2017)|
In my point of view, there is no need to make Hindi as an official language because in our country the numbers people in different states speaking different languages. If we make hindi as official language in leads to conflict between people. Since we have a common language (English) it certainly enough for the people in India for their conversation out of their State. At the same time there is no restrictions to learn hindi. Because hindi helps one to survive in North India.
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|Safar Imam Khan said: (Oct 17, 2017)|
|I think Hindi should not be official language because if Hindi will be made official language people will not care about English language and we know that very well English is more important nowadays.|
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|Sachin Sainthiya said: (Oct 11, 2017)|
In my opinion, English should be the official language Because English is the common language. Anyone who speaks English they look like an educated person.
In present time Every parent wants to their children doing a study in English medium. Why, because English is the most important nowadays.
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|Nishant Bisen said: (Oct 2, 2017)|
|Let's get into the facts now Hindi speaking states in India are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh (10 out of 29) I think majorly people who are supporting Hindi as NL should be belonging to these states and they are right from their point of view because it's convenient for them but what have you thought about people belonging from states like Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra, Telangana, North Eastern states if you observe they don't understand even alphabets of Hindi. By imposing them Hindi as NL don't you feel we are doing injustice to all these states or is it the price they have to pay for being part of the union of India who's administration is getting controlled by city namely Delhi which is again part of Hindi spoken region of the nation. If you have the right to preserve your language then why others don't have it this can't happen in democratic nation n if it going to happen then you are going destroy other 21 languages for the sake of Hindi and language is not just medium of talking it has culture, values, identity if all Hindi speaking states would be pressurised to talk in Tamil or any other Indian language what will happen to mother tongue skill (viz Hindi) I think its common sense thing put you into others shoes first. If you can't-do it you should not force it on others. And those who have the perception that all Indians understand should clear their facts by visiting non-Hindi states and go to a rural region as well not just cities then only they will realize by imposing Hindi on them how miserable life they can have because of you. And in the constitution, every individual has right to protect their language article 29. If we don't follow it we are going against the constitution.|
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|Shrutiii said: (Sep 26, 2017)|
|According to me, Hindi should be made the official language of India because in almost all the states people speak Hindi apart from their regional language. So if Hindi is made the official language the people won't face any problem. Coming up to the regional issues, I don't think any controversy would arise if this takes place because even in Pakistan many people know Hindi. By using Hindi as the official language India would go one step ahead in becoming a self-independent nation as like that of China.|
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|Nishant Bisen said: (Sep 25, 2017)|
|Those who give logic saying because 40% population talk in Hindi so it should be the official language. Then why should remaining 60% learn a non-familiar language for the sake of 40%. India is not made into the nation from only this 40% of the population. And if it was made it would have become HINDUSTAN, and not Hindustan. But we live in Hindustan n if anybody tries to create to Hindustan that will be a signal to future breach in the union which is a threat to the union.|
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|Nishant Bisen said: (Sep 25, 2017)|
|The Main issue is with the structure of India it is a union but not federation. Due to this states voice gets drowned in such scenario where the center is made too strong to control states. Those who pretend one nation one language should understand that those countries who could follow above principle did not have people with different languages with different races with different cultures so above rule is not applicable to India. North Indian states find Hindi as a convenient language so they prefer Hindi as an official language, while south Indian people Tamil is familiar language to their native tongue but it doesn't mean Tamil should be made the official language of India same principle applies to Hindi as well. As English is alien language to northern states in same way Hindi is alien language to south India. As most knowledge is available in English it has become the language of knowledge while mother tongue helps us to preserve our culture and statehood. So to get knowledge n preserve culture English and native languages are essential and should be mandatory. Apart from this those who are interested to learn any language they are always free to learn it but by choice not by force in a democracy. We have imitated our parliament structure from united kingdom but the bitter truth is that our nation structure is not like United kingdom but it is like the European Union itself. So the inference is that this quasi-federalism must get changed to real federalism like the USA to preserve the true spirit of federalism.|
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|Ragani said: (Sep 22, 2017)|
|Hindi is an India language. Hindi is a national language. It's proud for Indian. It is also rich in culture and heritage. Every nation has its own official language. Everyone used to speak the Hindi language.|
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|Ayushi Srivastava said: (Sep 20, 2017)|
|The thing that we first need to understand is that language is just the expression of speech, it is what one speaks and what other understands. Every culture has its own language, there is no harm in making hindi the official language of hindustan. Hindi is in the name of hindustan itself.|
Learning other languages is what embraces one's peesonality, enhances the abilities, but what the actual need is that people should not forced to learn a particular language. It should depend on people's own Will.
The mindset of considering a person inferior and 'gawar' who if he or she doesn't know english should be changed.
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|Rohini Sahota D/O Mr.Rajkumar Sahota said: (Sep 15, 2017)|
|As we all know very well, there are different languages speak in India in different states. But Hindi is very easy, understandable, and comfort language. Even our India is also called Hindustan. So, in my opinion, Hindi should be the official language of India as well as other state languages. But we should use English language only for professionally, or some language difference conditions. Hindi is the language that touches our heart.|
I want to say one more thing, that Hindi is the only language which makes our identity as Hindustani. Nowadays I have assumed much time a person who talks only Hindi does not seem educated or professional. While it is nothing like that because English is not our birth language so our education does not belong to learn this language. It is only a language. Please just try to think my sentence, if a five or eight year old Indian child began to speak in English then, should we think that he is educated. Lets come to the point I said, Hindi should be the official language of India but other languages also be official in their states. Every and each person of Indian states should have right to speak their language freely.
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|Pankaj Nagar said: (Sep 13, 2017)|
|According to my opinion Hindi and English both are equally preferable by the Indians but as a Indian I also prefer Hindi language because it is easy to understand as well easy to communicate. Basically, both the languages have its own place and people feel comfortable with their own languages. So its not the point that Hindi should be the official language of India. Official language should be decided on that what people talk easily and comfortably.|
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|Rahul said: (Sep 12, 2017)|
|According to census of 2012 only 40% of india's population knows hindi. So hindi should not be the national language of India.|
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|Diksha said: (Sep 8, 2017)|
|Yes. The Hindi language should be the official language of India.|
Because in India, mostly, people were comfortable in Hindi and they were mostly communicating with Hindi.
Why should we make English language or other language officials?
In India 7 out of 10 people can understand and speak English but what about English people? Are they understand and speak Hindi? I think 1-2 of them are able to understand speak Hindi.
So we have to proud to speak in Hindi.
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|Shedha Salim said: (Sep 8, 2017)|
|In my opinion Hindi should be a official language of India. Majority of India use Hindi as a language for the communication. Compared to other language Hindi is very easy to understand. English considered as a global language. It is necessary to maintain foreign relationships. I am a keralian. In my highersecondry I took Hindi as my second language. Now a days majority of students in Kerala use Hindi as a second language. Because we try to respect our official language.|
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|Yashodha Bilagi said: (Aug 29, 2017)|
|Of course, Hindi should be National Language. I am a South Indian and I prefer Hindi more than the English with all the people. Majority of Indians are comfortable with Indians. So, there is no point of objection.|
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|Om Prakash said: (Aug 27, 2017)|
|In my opinion, Yes, Hindi should be the official language of India because.|
(1). Official language does not refer to the language used by a people, while official language is the language used in government (i.e court, parliament. Etc). And in India's court and parliament, Hindi language is used.
(2). Each state of India has it's own mother' language. So we need one official language which we all understand. And Hindi language is widely used or spoken by most of the people (or 80% of the people) of India.
(3). India is also known as "Hindustan" and the word "Hindustan" indicate that the India is the land of Hindi speaking people even the people are educated or not.
(4). The Hindi language is at a fifth position.
On 14th September 1949 Hindi was adopted as the Official Language of the Union of India. Later in 1950, the Constitution of India declared Hindi in the Devanagari script as the Official language of India. Apart from Hindi, English is also recognized as an Official Language of India. Different states of India identify their own official languages through legislation.
Hindi is one of the main languages of India and is spoken by around 40% of the Indian population. In 1950 it was declared that the use of English was to be put to an end, 15 years after the formation of the Constitution (by 26th January 1965). This decision was not met with gladly by non-Hindi speaking areas of India, such as South India (since their languages are not remotely similar to Hindi). Keeping this in mind, the Parliament brought into force the Official Languages Act 1963 which allowed the continuation of the use of English along with Hindi for official purposes after 1965. Some North Eastern states like Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have English as their official language.
Hindi belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language group. Later Hindi was influenced by Persian and the Mughals made their own modifications to the language along the way. Even though Hindi has evolved from Sanskrit, many of its words find their origin in Arabic or Persian. Hindi also takes credit for being a “link language” as it has brought together the large Indian Diaspora living around the world and has reduced the gap between North and South India. Hindi as a language has travelled across the globe and is spoken not only in India, but also in countries like Mauritius, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and New Zealand.
Hindi takes pride in being the mother tongue of 180 million people and the second language of 300 million people. Mahatma Gandhi used Hindi to unite India and hence the language is also known as the “Language of Unity”. The Hindi word “Swadeshi” has found mention in the Oxford Dictionary and is a historic moment and matter of great pride.
Introducing Hindi to a global audience has not been an easy task and keeping in mind the importance of the language, former US President, George Bush put in place a budget of $114 million to make Hindi a part of the school syllabus to be taught from Kindergarten to the graduate level. Apart from this many Hindi words, such as Guru, Nirvana, Roti and Adda are accepted and understood around the world.
Hindi has also begun to be accepted in South India, a part of the country which was initially not ready to accept Hindi as a national language. In 1997, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Deve Gowda spoke up regarding the promotion of Hindi, later Karunanidhi, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu recited a poem in Hindi during a campaign and Jayalalitha (current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu) also campaigned in Hindi for the promotion of the language.
14th September is now recognized as Hindi Diwas and is celebrated every year. Many schools, colleges and organizations celebrate this day with special competitions, such as poetry writing, story recitation, essay writing and Hindi vocabulary quizzes.
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