Unity in diversity?

May 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm (Views) (, , , )

I read an interesting article about a few months back. Apparently, India is one of the few countries in the world which does not have a national language. Yeah, you heard me, hindi is NOT the national language of India, as it was thought of by the masses, including me.

A little bit of googling helped me find that article 343 of the Indian constitution states that Hindi and English are the Official languages of India; the article also further states that Hindi cannot be termed as a national language, despite it’s popularity, since it is not unanimously spoken throughout India.

Come to think of it, Bengali is common in the East, the South have a myriad of languages based on Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada (along with their dialects), Gujarati and Marathi are spoken in the west, while Hindi is predominantly spoken in the north. While it is logical to understand that just 1 language cannot be used to define the whole of India, which is good in a way (making India a “potboiler” of cultures), this diversity also happens to be a drawback.

Every person is proud to be speaking their mother tongue (of course, they have every right to be) and thus, a sense of “my language is supreme” emerges. There is no point in denying that. India happened to be broken down into states precisely because each “lingual community” wanted to have a “place of their own”. Thus, the sense of unity, how much ever one tries show it, is left to be desired.

A sense of “Me Marathi” or “Naan Tamilran” overtakes the feeling of “I’m an Indian” in more cases than one. 😐

It’s not that “we need a national language” or “Unity is threatened” or any crap like that. It’s just that unless we speak to each other keeping our country and not our languages in mind, it might lead to a case of “disparity in diversity” 😦

PS. Article 343 quoted from here

This article is just my 2 paisa. It is not meant to offend any community  🙂

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