Gururaj’s Rumination

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India is Language neutral

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I didn’t know the reality till today until I had this debate on ‘Politics in India’ with my friends father who told me that Hindi is not a National Language.

Here’s the direct reference to the fact from Wikipedia regarding Languages of India and below is the excerpt from the same

Article 345 of the Indian constitution provides recognition to “Official Languages” of the union to include any one or more of the languages in use in the state or Hindi language adopted by a state legislature as the official language of that state.

As per the Article 345 of the Indian constitution Hindi is Official Language but doesn’t hold the National Language rank. An Official Language is one which is used in Courts, Parliment, and Administration.

I still remember being thought in the school that ‘Hindi’ is our National Language, Tiger as National Animal, and Peacock as National Bird. But what baffles me is how the State Government’s didn’t object of such false content being used to teach the young minds. Anyways, the intent is to educate the readers but not raise any obnoxious questions or hurt anyone’s feelings.


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  1. In India, there are institutions like “Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti”. I suppose they are jusr for promoting Hindi to be a national language and do not take it for granted that Hindi is the Rashtra bhasha. Otherwise, it is a gross misguiding title for the institution. Should be renamed as Hindi Prachar Samiti instead.


    July 31, 2009 at 8:46 am

    • Well i don’t understand whether you’re saying Hindi Rashtrabhasha or not.

      I suppose they are jusr for promoting Hindi to be a national language and do not take it for granted that “Hindi is” the Rashtra bhasha.


      August 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  2. Hey thanks Gururaj for drawing attention to this. It’s a subtle difference, but a difference nonetheless.

    For a theoretically ‘secular’ country like India, I think it makes sense not having Hindi as a national language, but as an official language. As you pointed out, it serves the purpose in government offices like courts and the Parliament. There are so many regional languages and dialects in the country!

    But I couldn’t help thinking when you said that we have been taught from childhood that Hindi is our national language, Tiger the national animal and the Peacock as our national bird. No wonder all three are in the most derelict of conditions at present!

    Nikhil Kardale

    July 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm

  3. @Swapneel – I know I can always count on you and your advise. I’ve corrected the post (title and content) to make it more neutral. I hope you and your friend will accept the change.


    June 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  4. A nice post as always.

    Could have been made more constructive by giving a ‘neutral’ title like, “India does not have a National Language…”; than pointing out something like HINDI is NOT a national language.

    I feel a writeup like this that is technically or politically correct, should have been more acceptable. Especially when you post something on a public platform and an expression of this kind is not completely a personal matter and can be taken otherwise.


    PS: Personally I did not take it offensive, but a friend of mine did, when I shared this with him.

    Swapneel Shah

    June 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

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