Two Dogs and Hindi

August 25, 2009

வட மாநிலங்களுக்கு வரும் பிற மாநில மாணவர்களால் சரளமாக ஹிந்தி பேச முடிவதில்லை. ஆனால் அவர்கள் வெளிநாடுகளுக்குச் செல்லும் போது ஆங்கிலத்தில் சரளமாகப் பேசுகிறார்கள். எனவே நமது நாட்டுக்குள் முக்கியத் தொடர்பு மொழியாக இருக்கும் ஹிந்தியை அனைத்து மாணவர்களும் அறிந்திருப்பது அவசியம். ஹிந்தியை அனைவருக்கும் கற்பிக்க நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க இதுதான் சரியான தருணம்.

மத்திய மனிதவள மேம்பாட்டுத் துறை அமைச்சர் கபில் சிபல்

A man had two dogs – a big one and a small one. He wanted his dogs to go in and out of the house freely without him having to keep the house door open all the time. So he built two “trap doors” – one big trap door for the big dog and one small for the small dog. Neighbors who saw these two doors laughed at him and called him an idiot. Why put a big door and a small door? All that was needed was the big door. Both the big and the small dog could use it!

Indian government’s arguments for making Hindi the official or link language of India are as ridiculous as the need for a big door and a small door for the big dog and the small dog. Indian government agrees that English is needed for communication with the world, and every school in India teaches English after the fifth grade. Then the Indian government says that all of us should also  know Hindi  in order to communicate amongst ourselves within India. I ask, “Since every school in India teaches English, why can’t it be our link language? Why do Tamils have to study English for communication with the world and Hindi for communications within India? Do we need a big door for the big dog and a small door for the small dog? I say, let the small dog use the big door too!”

– C.N. Annadurai

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  1. Based on the same logic then i can say that since all schools in Tamilnadu teach English,why should you force me to learn Tamil? Thats not the point..Being anti-hindi doesn’t help anybody…i know lotta tamils migrating to other parts of india struggle bcos of not knowing Hindi.. Learning new languages will always help..Hindi is the #1 spoken language in India not English..and it is obvious choice for the national language..I think everyone in India should have a minimum knowledge of the Hindi language. Being Anti-hindi is just good for divisive politics and doesn’t help anyone.

    • * No one is forcing anyone to learn tamil in TN. The act that was drawn up gave the students choice of mother tongue or any other language.
      * Contrary to your view it is actually the Indian government which is anti-other languages as it imposed hindi by passing a law making it mandatory for students to learn hindi.
      * It is definitely good to know other languages. But imposing it is something which cannot be accepted as it amounts to some kind of a cultural assault.
      * Hindi being the #1 language is a myth as it is predominantly spoken only in 4 or 5 states(the others have dialects and they dont call hindi their mother tongue).
      * If need be, Hindi would or should be learnt but otherwise whats the point(schools are not the best place to learn a language if u know what we mean).
      * Finally imposing or accepting Hindi has its roots in the ideology of triple H(hindi, hindu and hindustan) which we don’t delve into it now.

  2. I can only read ‘imposing’ in all your points…nobody complained when asked to learn English….a few hundred years back, not a single person in India knew English…now everyone takes pride in their English speaking abilities..huh…but we take it as ‘imposing’ when we are asked to learn our own language(and yes it is the #1 spoken language in India by a huge margin). I think it is a shame that Karunanidhi and Manmohan Singh need an interpreter to talk to each other. English is not our language..its not meant for the Indian tongue :)…its unfortunate that we had to learn it to survive. We absolutely need a national language for various reasons and Hindi is the answer!

  3. * English was never imposed on anyone as far as we know and furthermore even if it was, it was during a time when we were under an absolute monarch. We believe things have changed a little bit since then.Your view is historical distortion or plain naivety at best.
    *We don’t see any reason why we need a national language when every one has got one already. If at all we need one it is to communicate and survive, why not english which has got a wider acceptance(though spanish and french are far more widely spoken). Logically speaking, english would be far more beneficial but this might not find many a takers among the indian elite.
    * //its not meant for the Indian tongue 🙂 // this sounds like an arrogant and rude statement. if we can manage english up to this level, anyone can, provided opportunities are created.

    p.s: u started off with hindi being the link language and have ended up with the triple H ideology. the aryan-dravidian standoff continues…..

  4. Well said ‘theanarchyfix’….there is a history behind this anti-hindi protest in tamilnadu…it started from 1938…the sinole thing is – u can’t force or impose ur interest on others….

    Now in tamilnadu there r lot of schools teaching Hindi and parents r encouraging their kids to learn Hindi language..its coming fromh interest…if u dont force everything will happen…when tamilians r able to learn English better then Hindi is nothing…we can learn Hindi too…but the only point is nothing should be imposed…

    As a Tamilian we have our own culture literature heritage legacy tradition so no need to follow others…but as u said learning the national language is advantage that’s all….this learning will happen automatically if central dont force!!!!

    We tamilians respect Hindi and all other languages in India, malayalam Telugu Marathi Bengali etc…at the same we need respect for our mother tongue from north…

    There is no much difference in mother tongue and mother india…

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