Many of you may know this already …this is for those who don’t.
Hindi is a great language…but so is Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali …they are all wonderful languages as great as Hindi is. In India we are so diverse that it is important to bind this place together with one language and most people are fine with Hindi being our national language. I have no issues with that either.
But does knowing Hindi make you a real Indian…that’s not on by me. Does NOT knowing Hindi make you less Indian… I’m sorry that’s not true either. The Non Hindi speaking Indian has been graceful enough to understand that India is diverse and there is a language that can be called a majority. So all of us decided to chill and be accommodative and go for Hindi Tuition etc and learn the darn thing while all the Hindi speaking kids went off to play in the evening after school. It’s just another subject we had to learn in school so that we can pass exams and look for good jobs where we will never write a single word, eMail or document in Hindi ever.
Luckily the non Hindi speaking folks didn’t go the Scot or the Irish way, where being part of the United Kigdom they still are willing to KILL the English. Luckily we didn’t let it get to us so bad. We’ve been cool about it and will always be cool about it… we like the good Hindi stuff and we like the bad Hindi stuff too. We are ok with the great Hindi film stars who drive over people sleeping on the road and/or kill endangered animals and/or/also get funded by Pakistani underworld terrorists…I mean we are Bindaas… yeah hai Mumbai meri Jaan… its all good.
There’s a Hindi Rock Band Competition happening in town. Wonder why they don’t have a single AD hoarding in Hindi Script. All the RJs speak in English but play only Hindi songs. Bollywood music directors rip off JayZee and 2Pac Hip Hop grooves and add Hindi lyrics and it all become so so INDIAN… the shining new modern INDIAN that is. An India where people still harass others who show love in public on Valentines Day… That’s not our culture. I’m pissed…
Here’s my funda…Indians are a group that have the same father but different mothers. As they say…we are all brothers and sisters… from different mothers. So who is the Father?… The father of the nation is Mahatma Gandhi…. and he knew how to speak English and he sure helped a bit in wining our freedom and forming this country. Today in the year 2008 when language is being used to “Divide and Rule”, it should be combated with a “Multiply and Confuse” policy. Love a person who speaks a different language, Marry that person, Have children who will automatically learn to love everyone equally.
Peace n shanti.