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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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India and its Patriots

August 15, 2009

India is a peculiar country and her nationalists and patriots are a peculiar people. A patriot and a nationalist in India is one who sees with open eyes his fellowmen treated as being less than men. But his humanity does not rise in protest. He knows that men and women for no cause are denied their human rights. But it does not prick his civic sense to helpful action. He finds whole class of people shut out from public employment. But it does not rouse his sense of justice and fair play. Hundreds of evil practices that injure man and society are perceived by him. But they do not sicken him with disgust. The patriot’s one cry is power and more power for him and for his class. I am glad I do not belong to that class of patriots. I belong to that class which takes its stand on democracy and which seeks to destroy monopoly in every shape and form. Our aim is to realise in practice our ideal of one man one value in all walks of life, political, economic and social. It is because representative government is one means to that end that the Depressed Classes attach to it as great a value and it is because of its value to us that I have urged upon you the necessity of making your declaration subject to its fulfilment. You may tell me that the Depressed Classes have your sympathy. My reply is, for a stricken people what is wanted is something more concrete, something more defined. You may despise me for being unduly apprehensive. My reply is it is better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions; rather than be ruined by too confident a security.
-Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, 19th January 1931 at the RTC in London



February 16, 2009

Nationalism and Patriotism

“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ”Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ”patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”
– Eric Fromm