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Today is Hindi day. Hindi is our national language, yet it is not a compulsory language in our academic syllabus. Do you think we need to promote a common language for our Mother Country? We preach about unity in diversity, yet not able to communicate in a common national language. Please opine.

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Asked by Muktha Radhakrishnan, 14 Sep '09 09:42 am
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I communicate in Hindi even with those who do not know Hindi simply because I do not know their language. For me Hindi is the only common national language.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 16 Sep '09 04:16 pm

 
  
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Yes, we need a common language. No doubt about that. What is wrong if it is English? Do we need to feel inferior? Or suffer from a complex?
If at all you need an Indian based common language, then use the common language of entire South Asia that people from various provinces used to communicate - and that is Sanskrit. It is the mother language to all languages with the exception of Tamil and Pharsi in the mainland, and Khasi in the East. This was the language that people from Travancore used to talk in Benaras or in Sabhas in Maharashtra even during the times of British rule in the initial stages.
If the so called Hindi speaking people are going to find it an additional burden to learn Sanskrit, then let me remind them that actually only 14% of the population speak Hindi in the way it is propagated as a national language.
Also remember, that Yiddish or Hebrew was revived in spite of being an almost dead language in Israel, and every Jew who goes there ends up learning that, whet ...more
Answered by Satish Kamath, 16 Sep '09 11:59 am

 
  
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Muktha,every Language has its Beauty, Importance, Heritage and Literary Richness.We know India is a country which is blessed with a National language and each State having its Regional language,too.Hindi becomes easy and convenient to study only for those children where Hindi is a regional language.Children in those states where they already have a regional language it is not easy for them to learn another language,besides English.Still in most states ,they have a 3rd language option in their syllabus,where learning Hindi is made possible.But some states are against teaching Hindi and they insist more on there Regional language,This reason behind it is that children opt Hindi and ignore their regional language,or mothertongue,totally.It is also sad to ignore mother tongue,at the cost of any Language where the regional language can get gradually dead and extinct if young and new generation show interest in learning English and Hindi.It is matter of confusion for children and parents ...more
Answered by Rachana, 14 Sep '09 11:00 am

 
  
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In a democratic country, you can't make anything compulsory. It is for the people to decide and today, many youth have mastered Hindi besides their mother tongue and English. Yes, we are united even when we can't speak Hindi and that is the greatness of this country. Language must not be a barrier to stay united.
Answered by M Shankar, 14 Sep '09 09:49 am

 
  
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Yes it shd be mandatory. By some people in Tamilnadu, We are still suffering in lack of this good language.
Answered by hitler, 14 Sep '09 09:43 am

 
  
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A common national language is certainly great and I would endorse for a common national language that can be used with ease across India. In fact, sometimes it becomes difficult to explain to people that the language that I know is not spoken and understood all across India. However, I truly believe that non-traditional methods like Bollywood have been more helpful in making Hindi popular than state efforts.

Such a change won't be easy and one would need to make certain sacrifices like acceptance of a common "script", which may not be Devnaagri, then the fear of imposing Hindi in non-Hindi speaking Indian states probably can be lessened and with a concerted efforts of say over 50-60 years, a common language across India can be established. It may look a long time period, but look at Bollywood, it has successfuly transformed minds of at least 20% Indians over a period of 30-40 years, making love marriage an acceptable thing over arranged marriage, which 30-40 years back would have be ...more
Answered by manish varma, 14 Sep '09 04:47 pm

 
  
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Yes i agree with you .Hindi should be made compulsory language in our academic syllabus.
Answered by ANURADHA PATHAKJ, 14 Sep '09 03:04 pm

 
  
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If we need the progress of our nation then we need to give important to the mother tounge or national Language....... it was a fact that being the national language ,it was banned in few states ......means they don't have the respect to the hindi language......my suggesation is, we should make compulsory to use hindi as a communication language in offices......i have seen in NTPC and ONGC offices, they use to talk in HINDI only....only celebrating the HINDI DIVAS is not the solution to devlope national Language but we should feel the importance and feel proud to use HINDI as official language then only it can be trated as National Language....
Answered by pradeep mishra, 14 Sep '09 09:57 am

 
  
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In keral its compulsory upto 10. We need to promote Hindi. Same time we have to promote our mother tongue also. Now a days some parents are interested to say theat their children not able to speak mother tongue with proud. What a shame!!!!. in oue unity in diversity not only language but there are so many things that indian forgetting conviniently
Answered by Kurian Chacko, 14 Sep '09 09:55 am

 
  
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DMK, who dislodged the Congress government in Tamil Nadu, through anti-Hindi agitations in the sixties, is now a part of the present Union Government. Our Union Education Minister should propose and make Hindi as a compulsory subject in all schools. DMK will not oppose such a move for Kanimozhi has started learning Hindi now.
Answered by Dharmarajan, 14 Sep '09 09:51 am

 
  
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