India is an union of linguistic states and also ‘unity in diversity’ is the binding theme of Indian union. However, if one takes a closer look at the language policy of Indian union, equality and ‘unity in diversity’ seem far from reality. Though India’s constitution does not accord the status of ‘national language’ to any particular language, central government of India is pushing for usage of Hindi in all its offices. This push for Hindi, which is being carried out under the guise of official language, is slowly but surely pushing the other languages of India out of central government offices. The union government of India, which is and elected representative of all linguistic groups of India, should have treated all languages and linguistic groups of people equally. Instead, the union government is spending tax payers’ money in celebrating Hindi fortnight (Sep 1st – Sep 14th) across the country, while no such events are carried out for other languages of India.
All across non-Hindi states of India, one can notice that, language of the state is disappearing from its rightful place in post offices, banks, insurance offices, income tax offices, railways and other such central government offices. It can also be noticed that Hindi is being imposed to the replacement of state language, in all such offices across non-Hindi speaking states.
By making knowledge of Hindi as “mandatory” for applying to central government jobs, non-Hindi people are being coerced towards learning Hindi. By introducing Hindi as one of the subjects in school, the gullible minds of small children is being tuned to accept Hindi dominance. Through several channels like entertainment, administration, education and employment, Hindi is being imposed on non-Hindi speaking populace of India. Due to this continued Hindi imposition, the non-Hindi languages of India are being sidelined in their own lands and the speakers of those languages reduced to being second-grade citizens in their own lands.
To prevent such disasters from happening, to restore all the languages of India to their rightful positions, Indian union needs a language policy that is agreeable to all linguistic groups. All linguistic groups of India must insist on changing the current language policy of India, for the union government to start working towards changing it. For the Indian union to continue to grow strongly, a language policy that treats its languages as equals is very important.
This website has been designed with an intent to narrate the importance of linguistic equality in Indian union. This website strongly demands that all the 22 languages in eighth schedule be declared as official languages. The website tries to capture much information about
– signature petitions run so far in this regard,
– awareness programs carried out
– postal letters’ campaign
– books released in this regard
Please note, as all the above mentioned activities are being carried out in Karnataka, most of the contents are in Kannada. We request you to browse through the website to understand the concern behind these efforts better. Come, join us and support us in insisting for linguistic equality.