Just now, when I was thinking of talking to you in connection with Hindi Divas and Hindi, an incident from the last Hindi Diwa came to my mind. My granddaughter studying in a convent school had to write ‘Esse’ on ‘Hindi Day’ and her parents couldn’t help her. Disappointed, she came to me angry with her teacher for writing a “difficult essay”, then annoyed me by explaining that in 1949, two years after independence, on September 14 in the Constituent Assembly, with only a vote it was declared the official language of the country by the majority, so why was it seen more as a reward for its contribution to the freedom struggle than its “victory” and why the happiness of its supporters knew no bounds.
Yes, after telling him that there was no narrow regionalism behind this happiness, because the supporters of Hindi at that time included many other linguists from outside its territorial periphery, he had come to the conclusion that it was all which she was not at all excited about. understanding and wanted his ‘ess’ to be complete as soon as possible. However, his curiosity was that when the “Hindi Divas” were not celebrated on this day until four months after the declaration of Hindi as an official language, what was the need that in 1953 it would have been tendered the Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti of Wardha to celebrate it. and try to get it approved?
Until I told him that at that time this day was needed to promote the promotion and promotion of the official language in those areas of the country, which were beyond his reach and that is why in 1975, on January 10, it was celebrated the first day When the World Hindi Conference was held, World Hindi Day was also celebrated on this day, I was satisfied that in the meantime the roots of Hindi had been cut so badly.
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Lots of irony with Hindi divas
It is as a result of this evil that many ironies have now become associated with Hindi Diwas. Now, in this day, ignoring the enormous upheavals in the linguistic scene of the country and the world, sometimes the ‘forgotten’ Hindi is remembered, sometimes tears are shed for its ‘backwardness’, sometimes philosophy, knowledge -science and thought. Instead, concerns are raised about advertising and becoming the language of the market, sometimes false pledges of devotion to propaganda are held, and sometimes week, fortnight or month in Hindi is held in government offices. Yes, there is talk of increasing the global dominance of Hindi due to the growing association of migrants with their roots due to their tireless efforts when the Apni government was formed. However, while answering the question of whether India is also somewhere in this world of growing Hindi dominance. Many times the empowerment of Hindi is even talked about going further, forgetting that Hindi has also been sent far from many places making this technology an excuse.
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Since both these attitudes do not match the earthly reality, both are like chains on the feet of the Hindi. They don’t even allow him to move forward and properly identify the real challenges in his path. Nor that the genuine issues of their concern be resolved. For example, many of his “beloveds” make great strides so that it cannot become the language of science or philosophical contemplation, but they find no reason for it. The question is not even raised that when there is no prestige of knowledge, science and philosophy in the Hindi regions, even if there is no respect for the scientific temperament mentioned in the constitution, then why the Hindi even dream of being your language? Is?
In the face of favorable and unfavorable political currents, sometimes they say that the government does nothing for Hindi, does not show the will to give it its rightful place, is a stepmother towards it and sometimes creates many carpets in the path of hindi is traced. It is clear that sometimes they work from intuitions and sometimes from prejudices, but they can never be objective. They find this question as Nimkodi: Why should Hindi need status for its status even after 75 years of independence? What has the state done so far, apart from increasing the number of awardees and aspirants for honors and awards? Devoted poets, who always kept the state shelter in their trumpet saying “where the saint was called Sikri Son Kaam, Aavat Jaat pahiyan, Bisari Gayo Harinam” and who refused to be “mansabdar of man”, do something about this group even? in the adversities of his time. Did he do less hindi service?
No. If it had been less, then the great Hindi literati Naresh Saxena would not have been bothered by the actions of his “Rajashrayi branch” today and would have said that it is good for Hindi that he should immediately retire from the post of official language? Because one, his post is like the teeth of an elephant, which are more for eating, and for showing. Secondly, without this claim, it is doomed to suffer, that is, sautiyadah, hatred of other Indian languages.
In such a situation, why should Naresh Saxena’s question not be faced that if Hindi should not remain the official language, which has not yet become a reality, then why should any Indian language of being threatened by their perceived imperialism? Or if any other language becomes the official language or the national language, what will become of Hindi, when without it it has never had anything?
But what will you do, those who see no Hindi opposition to the names of most government schemes in English, even the English slogans of a self-styled nationalist government, why can they face these questions? Neither do they, who have nothing to do with life and death crises, despite their unparalleled and historic contribution to the formation of Hindi journalism. Not even because of the crisis in these universities, the depth of which can be gauged from the statement of the foremost critic Vijay Bahadur Singh that today all the important work done in Hindi is done outside the universities and higher education institutions? On top of that, Hindi also has a hunger for poets or litterateurs who fought their people’s struggles till their last breath like Avtar Singh Pash.
English queen and she is still the maid
Finally one more thing. The tradition of making these remarks in Hindi is so rich that due to opposition, denial or rejection by the southern states of the country, Hindi has not become the true official language so far, the English is still the queen and the maid. But it does not consider who created the Hindi-Hindi noise in the early decades of independence and who spread the impression in those states that Hindi is really in a hurry to replace English and is as much an enemy of other Indian languages as English. Is.
Even at this point no one thinks that to remove the above notion the three language formula was introduced in the Hindi speaking states to teach the languages of the South, then who failed it? Why, despite political opposition, Hindi is slowly spreading in the southern states of India, but the interest of Hindi speakers in the languages of the south is not arousing at all. Thus the Hindi society is unable to appreciate its ‘Hindi’ and is trapped in the paranoia that even its children, Dixit in English medium, should say goodbye and not forget to touch their feet. The question is, how is it possible to objectively assess the ups and downs of Hindi without such paranoia and how to remove the thorns in its path without making it possible?
(Krishna Pratap Singh is editor and senior reporter at Faizabad-based Jan Morcha daily. Views expressed are personal)
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