On Hindi Diwas, vice president Venkaiah Naidu took a swipe at English language, calling it a ‘disease’ left behind by the British raj, while stressing that it is not possible to progress in India without Hindi. A strange thing to say, considering the already raging debate about the forced imposition of Hindi in the country.
“Yeh bimari jo angrezi wala chhod kar gaya, iss bimari se hamein mukt karna chahiye (this disease that English left behind, we should rid ourselves of this disease),” he said while addressing an event organised by the Union home ministry to mark Hindi Diwas.
Naidu cited his own example to make his point. “When I was young, I participated in anti-Hindi protests,” the vice president said. “Later, I realised it was not possible to progress without Hindi. I came to Delhi, spoke in broken Hindi but was accepted by all,” he is quoted as saying by The Hindu.
He also said it is “very important that we encourage our mother tongue.”
“When the Chinese President came here he spoke in his mother tongue. The Iranian President, a PhD in English, also spoke in his mother tongue when he was here. One should never forget their mother tongue,” he added.
All Indian languages, the Vice-President said, were vibrant and each of them had its own literature, dictionary and idioms.
“There should be more translations into Hindi, the literature of all regional languages, so that we can access the literature of all Indian languages easily,” he is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
We dont agree with you Mr. VP. Bcoz of our proficiency in English, we are able work elsewhere and send home much needed dollars. Further it also has kept ppl united. In a country of multiple language, no single language can rule. Accept English and move fwd. #StopHindiImposition
— Chandrasker S (@schandru81) September 15, 2018
This disease gained us millions of jobs in overseas companies. And kept this country united anongst its 15 national languages
— Rahul Singh (@rahulsingh1966) September 14, 2018
Hindi is just another Indian Language, No great not lesser than any, English bridge to our diverse culture
— Salman (@salmanforpeace) September 14, 2018
Not possible to progress without Hindi? That’s the most regressive and repressive statement ever on languages
— Kannan (@KH07112018) September 14, 2018
Once upon a time, it was the proliferation of beauty parlours and cyber cafes in small towns. Today, it is the English class. If angrezi is a disease, then most young Indians are opting voluntarily for this disease.
— PatralekhaChatterjee (@patralekha2011) September 14, 2018