You think you know what India’s National Language is?

Do you know what is the National Language of India?

If you thought it was Hindi, you don’t need to feel miserable about it, because a majority of the Indian population is with you. Most of us are/were under the same impression.

Even we were in the same boat and it was really shocking to know that India does not have ANY National Language.

Our previous post on Hindi Divas got a comment from raj saying that India does not have any National Language with some substantial proof. You may like to go through the proofs that he has mentioned. Here’s the eye-opening comment raj posted:

India does NOT have any national language

http://vetri-vel.blogspot.com/2006/12/india-does-not-have-national-language.html

Part XVII of the constitution:
This part 17, defines an OFFICIAL language, NOT a national language.
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~sk4zw/india-const/p17.html

Article 345: This gives the State govt., power to decide its own “OFFICIAL LANGUAGE”
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~sk4zw/india-const/p17345.html

Article 343: This defines Hindi in devangari script and English to be the “OFFICIAL LANGUAGES” of union govt.
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~sk4zw/india-const/p17343.html

DIFFERENCE between National and Official Language:

NATIONAL LANGUAGE: Defines the people of the nation, culture, history.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: A language that is used for official communication

While a National language by default can become the Official language, an Official language has to be APPROVED legally to become the National language.

All languages spoken in India, starting from the most populous to the least are our national languages, because all of them define the people of this nation, culture and their history collectively.

India has NO LEGALLY DEFINED NATIONAL LANGUAGES ONLY 23 OFFICIAL languages as per the constitution.

After finding this out, we started asking all our friends online and offline. Each and every person in our contact had the impression that our Raashtra Bhaasha is Hindi.

We put this question up on the Orkut community “India”. The response is here for you to see:

http://www.orkut.com/CommMsgs.aspx?cmm=370&tid=2560002691870956709

We also put up a poll on the community, and at the time of writing the post, it had 128 votes and 66% had voted for Hindi. The poll is located here:

http://www.orkut.com/CommPollResults.aspx?cmm=370&pct=1192094654&pid=1339647175

Let us just take a look at some facts about this issue.

According to the Constitution of India any language, which will be accepted by all the states of India as their official language will be given the status of national language. In India no language is accepted or spoken by all the states unanimously. Even Hindi, a single language largely spoken by the people of India is unable to attain the status of national language as it is does not fulfill the condition of Constitution of India. Though it is spoken by a large number of people but just 10 states of India have accepted it as their official language.

The Indian Constitution (Article 343) declares Hindi to be the official language of the Union.

English remains the additional official language of India. It is the authoritative legislative and judicial language. In fact, one could say that English is the official language in India for all practical purposes. For many educated Indians, English is virtually their first language though a large number of Indians are multi-lingual.

What is the difference between National Language and Official Language?

NATIONAL LANGUAGE: Defines the people of the nation, culture, history.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: A language that is used for official communication

While a National language by default can become the Official language, an Official language has to be APPROVED legally to become the National language.

All languages spoken in India, starting from the most populous to the least are our national languages, because all of them define the people of this nation, culture and their history collectively.

India has no legally defined national languages and we have 18 official languages as per the constitution.

Though there is special provision for development of Hindi under article 351.

Article 351:It shall be the duty of the Union to promote the spread of the Hindi language, to develop it so that it may serve as a medium of expression for all the elements of the composite culture of India and to secure its enrichment by assimilating without interfering with its genius, the forms, style and expressions used in Hindustani and in the other languages of India specified in the Eighth Schedule, and by drawing, wherever necessary or desirable, for its vocabulary, primarily on Sanskrit and secondarily on other languages.

A peek into the History

The constitution of India came into existence on January 26, 1950. Enshrined in the constitution was the status of Hindi and English to be the “Official Languages” of the Central Government of India till 1965 (for a period of 15 years), after which Hindi was expected to take up the pre-eminent position as the sole “National and Official Language” of India irrespective of the state or central government. Hindi and English were the “Official Languages” in every department controlled by the Central Government, which is why Hindi is prominent in Railways, Nationalised Banks etc which come under the Central Government.

As January 26, 1965 neared, some in the non-Hindi, particularly Tamils, started voicing their apprehensions openly. Between 1948 and 1961, on an average, every year close to 24% of Central Government Officials were selected from the state of Madras (present day Tamil Nadu). The next best was Uttar Pradesh with about 16%. The idea of making Hindi the sole National language was blasphemous to the students as it was combined with the complete removal of English – even as a medium for competitive examinations for jobs and education. This would mean that the Northern regions with their Hindi proficiency would dominate the government posts and also education. Since government jobs were the most lucrative positions before the 1991 liberalization, this was seen as an indirect means to usurp the English-educated South Indians of jobs. The non-Hindi-speaking people in South India feared that they would be discriminated against in government employment and in other ways.

The 1940s, 50s and the first half of the 1960s saw many anti-Hindi imposition protests in the form of public meetings, marches, hunger strikes, demonstrations before schools and Indian government offices, and black flag demonstrations before visiting Indian government ministers. Most of these were organized either by the DK or the DMK, and the general public supported them fully. There were several hundred such protests around Tamil Nadu and several thousand people went to jail. Several hundreds were injured when police used lathi charge to disburse peaceful protesters. Lal Bahadur Shastri, then PM, even though supportive of the pro-Hindi group, realising the seriousness, came up with a set of compromises that did not give Hindi any “Sole National Language” status.

To know more, see the source of this peek:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Hindi_agitations

We should eliminate such myths from staying in our society and it is our responsibility to be aware of such common facts about our country and to keep our fellow citizens aware about them.

On checking out the List of Multilingual Countries and Regions on Wikipedia, it was evident that most of the multilingual countries do not have any National Language.

So it does not seem to us that it is such a big issue that India does not have any national language.

What is alarming is that most of us have been under the very wrong impression that our National Language is Hindi.

Why does a majority have this imprinted in their minds? Who is responsible for this?

– by Rishabh Srivastava and Mitesh Ashar

0 thoughts on “You think you know what India’s National Language is?”

  1. very true actually it was a political lobby from a segment of our own country forcing Hindi as a national tongue having vested interests. now a days international English has become national and international language of many countries. even in America majority speaks Latin but they declared their mother tongue English although i too am not very sure why??

  2. This was unbelievable…may be because we all have been taught in schools that our “rashtriya bhasha” is Hindi. So they were all wrong. There are enough reliable proofs available on internet such as these :
    http://india.gov.in/knowindia/official_language.php
    http://www.rajbhasha.gov.in/2863engls.pdf
    The 18 different official languages of states who do not have Hindi as their official language are here :
    http://www.housefull.in/languages/index.html

    May be we were under this wrong impression because of efforts taken by the government to promote Hindi amongst all the states. The question that arises in my mind is whether its really necessary to have a national language afterall ? Won’t the native languages loose their existance gradually ? Native languages are equally important as representatives of the local people and their culture. Knowledge and Culture are accompanied by the language of communication. If day by day Hindi takes the place of the language of communication in currently non-Hindi speaking regions of India, won’t it be harmful to us ?

  3. Hey thats really surprising since we all assumed that Hindi is our National Language. Thanks for shedding some light on the difference between National language and Official Language

  4. @SunniestGnome

    May be we were under this wrong impression because of efforts taken by the government to promote Hindi amongst all the states.

    That is an interesting reason that we can quote for the wrong impression among the public.

    The question that arises in my mind is whether its really necessary to have a national language afterall ? Won’t the native languages loose their existance gradually ?

    We’ve mentioned in the end that we don’t feel that it is a very big issue that India doesn’t have a National Language.
    Rather we wanted to highlight this:

    What is alarming is that most of us have been under the very wrong impression that our National Language is Hindi.

  5. Look ever since I grew up I have always learnt in school “Rashtra bhasha Hindi” Roughly translated that means National language Hindi…I can bet students are still learning this at schools….

    I like the idea of conducting poll at orkut. :) It has wider reach to youths.

  6. Why does a majority have this imprinted in their minds? Who is responsible for this?

    The culprit is the central government of India by publishing incorrect information in text books [ eg NCERT] and this got carried over to the majority of the population.
    source: http://agastyabhrata.blogspot.com/2005_08_01_archive.html
    “All those of us who are fooled by the age-old NCERT text books which repeatedly teach us that Hindi is our National and Official Language may correct themselves as this tells for itself: Click here.

    Thanks to an Elocution Competition organised in Hindi in our college with the topic as “Raashtra bhaasha Hindi hain yaa Angrezi?” – We’ve got to know that all of us got into a dreamland created by our own teachings till Prof. Sangal and Prof. Naresh Sharma informed us that There is no SINGLE National Language for India.

    I feel that we should know the facts whether it’s right or wrong. I will give you couple of examples.
    See the map of Kashmir
    http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/kashmir_disputed_2003.jpg
    According to the map we lost of significant portion of the Kashmir to Pakistan but was this mentioned in any text book or the map showing the actual loc was printed in any text book.
    I feel that even if we lose a war our fellow Indians should know the real facts not to live with ignorance.

    War with Pakistan
    I always believed that India had won all the wars with Pakistan but now I feel t that it was another brainwashing by the government. If we had won we will be having more of Pakistan but Pakistan has occupied a significant portion of India

  7. @Raj
    Are u fool or what????? About that war thing let me tell you barring 1962 war with China India had won all the wars. And i am pretty sure this time around. Its stupid of u that u call yourself an Indian without having the proper knowledge. Better brush up your knowledge and refer to some authentic source.
    India went on to capture Lahore after 1971 but they later gave it back to Pakistan.

  8. @Rishabh

    Even I strongly believed that India had won all the wars with Pakistan. I did some research on the war with paksitan and found that the war ended in stalemate not with either side winning.We lost some parts of kashmir and gained some parts of pakistan but in the end we gave what we captured but didn’t get back what was captured by pakistan.I don’t understand why our leaders handed over captured areas.

    source : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Pakistani_War_of_1965
    “India held 710 mi² (1,840 km²) of Pakistani territory and Pakistan held 210 mi² (545 km²) of Indian territory”

    I’m an Indian and proud to call myself Indian. Hope our future generations fight and get back our lost territory.

  9. I’m sorry for dragging the conversation in the wrong direction but what I want to convey to everyone is don’t believe what you see or what you hear from others.Do your own research and analyze the facts.

  10. mam plz dont do this…
    hindi& sanskrit are our national language.plz accept it and if u are really an indian then dont create these rumour’s.
    i dont know u but i think that u are an indian.
    jai hind..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. There are lots of things about which we don’t know………..Its a time to think and learn yourself …………… Hindi is only official language…………

  12. @digvijay singh

    i think you didnt read the article…
    u just saw the title and posted a comment..
    we are definitely indian…
    and we believe that u are an indian as well… only that u are not aware of this astounding fact…

  13. I read this post and the other one about Hindi with a sense of deja vu as I have a similar post on my blog and there you will find a truly emotional outpouring of those who have suffered because they were humiliated for not knowing Hindi. For me at least that was an eyeopener, I had no idea that so many people resented Hindi. Anyone who feels that they do not understand why people resent Hindi should read the comments…
    and one point that has not been mentioned in the posts here is that Hindi has become a language spoken by the majority as the central govt. has made it compulsory in all states.

  14. Nowhere has it been declared that Hindi is the National language. Merely because it is spoken and understood by many Hindi cannot be assumed as National Language. In the Indian context a National Language cannot be defined, let alone assigned. Because India is a multilingual state unlike Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy etc. Even in the UK, which comprises of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland besides England, although English is spoken and understood in the entire union, English is not declared as National language of UK.

  15. hmmm……….I see.
    So still hindi is not the national language.
    don’t worry folks now it will become the “National Language of India”

  16. This website must be dominated by those in the Hindi belt; from Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand. People from exterior India (e.g. West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Orissa, Jammu, northeastern India, etc.) would know that this is not the case.

    While Hindi will one day become the National Language, because of the stark contrast in the development of interior India as opposed to exterior India – interior India makes up most of the undeveloped Indian states – that results in a high birth rate, it is important to understand that not everyone in India speaks Hindi. As a matter of fact, a large portion (more than 40%) of India is still highly rural, and the rural populations of exterior India have no knowledge of any language besides their mother tongues. To impose Hindi as a National Language on the rural populations of exterior India would be to strip them of any opportunites they ever had to succeed – which, being in Rural India, is almost nil anyway.

    Yes, indeed Hindi will become the National Language one day, because of the huge birth rates from the heartland – Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar.

    Hindi is a beautiful language, and it is growing in popularity in exterior India, but it is this ‘assumption’ from heartland-India that causes resentment. However, it is hard to blame as heartland-India is, unfortunately, underdeveloped, uneducated, and rural.

  17. “mam plz dont do this…
    hindi& sanskrit are our national language.plz accept it and if u are really an indian then dont create these rumour’s.
    i dont know u but i think that u are an indian.
    jai hind..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    -Digvijay Singh

    Balle Balle Paaji, read the constitution – in whichever one of the official languages you are proficient in (if any); I wouldn’t suggest English.

  18. Sorry dude!! i m not Mam and moreover there is no national Language of India. I have put in enormous efforts and u are advised to read the constitution. Many are surprised but it is true……

  19. @Suraj
    Do we have the translation of our constitution in other languages beside English…
    If it is, then plz let me know…

    As per my knowledge till the time of NDA goverment, we didn’t have a copy of constitution even in hindi… the so called or rather believed national language.

    The goverment was planning to bring the translated copy “SOON”

    I would like to know if this “SOON” has come!!!

  20. I am certain that while the Federal government did not create an OFFICIAL translated copy, that state governments would show the national constitution in the state-language. I have seen the entire constitution in Malayalam and in Tamil, and have parts of both. As a matter of fact, whenever a new CM is inaugurated, the national head reads out the oaths in Enlgish whereas the state-CM repeats it in his/her mothertongue. I’m certain it’s available, even if it is not one officially created by the national government / not legally binding.

  21. @ Suraj

    thx for the information And I take your words…

    But I seriously Doubt if it was made available by the State goverment…

    But the point is copies should be made official for certain words in constitution should be interpreted in exact manner otherwise what’s the pointt of having a translation if one cannot use it for legal purposes.

    And jus to remind you while it is relativcely easier to translate the oath .. translating the entire constitution is a different ball game altogether.

    Thx anyways..

  22. I am from the eastern part of India and know this fact since my school days. It’s really surprising to know that so many people still believe Hindi as national language of India. I think it’s all b’coz we failed to understand the whole concept behind The Dominion of India or the Union of India. We failed to understand that there are more than 25 states and hundreds of languages. We failed to respect languages other than Hindi and English.

    If you know history of India and how (and why) we united together after British raj, you will never be surprised to know the fact that Hindi is just an official language and nothing else.

  23. Whatz actually der 2 make sucha fuss ’bout?? I’m a Keralite…….the CBSE school i had studied in taught me dat ther is no NAtional Language 4 India…wat has really happen’d is dat we hav become parrots repeating the wrong information taught 2 us!!!

  24. It is very showking ,impressive and knowlegable knowing that HINDI is not our NATIONAL LANGUAGE.
    Even i was under the same impression that HINDI is OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE.I REALLY WHOLE HEARTEDLY thanks RAJ and ” JAI HIND : PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN”.
    A NATION HAVING 23 OFFICAIL LANGUAGE HAVVE NO NATIONAL LANGUAGE.
    An excellent proof and discription given by RAJ on this page.

    KEEP GOING WE ALL INDIAN ARE PROUD OF YOU AND OUR NATION

    KEEP GOING.

    JAI HIND.

    CHETAN

  25. Hindi is not at all a common language in India. It is a language spoken by most backward states and others need not worry. This means, these people have still not come out of cocoon.

    Respect your own languages and India will take care of itself.

    I am a Kannadiga and very proud to be so…

  26. any language of india can be acceptable only as a langauge, not with any tag of sole-nationality.

    state langauge is acceptable as each and every state has it’s own identity with langauge which even has been respected and accepted by the literature and history of other languages too. that is whey each state have been recognized with it’s langauge which has historical significance. when nation matters, india has never been identified with any one particular language throught history, rather it has been identified as a multi-lingual federation, neither any langauge can claim to become national langauge as it lacks lot of criteria like when origination of all langauges of india cannot be traced into any one particular languages, even sanskrit too as dravidian langauges have different identity of origin.

    the idea of imposing any particular lanaguage on all states is to demoralize/demolish the whole culture of each state and to make india a hindisthana, thus such idea if useless, harmfull, and better to be kicked out of india

    hail state languages
    down down national langauge

  27. ON *****************Prahlad says:
    September 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    Hindi is not at all a common language in India. It is a language spoken by most backward states and others need not worry. This means, these people have still not come out of cocoon.

    Respect your own languages and India will take care of itself.*********

    I am a Kannadiga and very proud to be so…

    *********************************************

    F(&* U ass(*&^ Prahlad u call urself Kannadiga but not INDIAN so its better u eat dog Sh%&^ and serve the same to ur brothers and sisters who prefer to be called as Kannadiga not INDIAN . I am proud to be INDIAN and I will support any language as national language which will be accepted by majority of people of INDIA. u r calling other states as backward so can u explain which r those backward states? U son of a fuck*&& disgusting cun%. Ur state doesnt even have an army regiment in their name. Have u ever heard Karnatak regiment or Kannadiga regiment….u ass&&*(^ are not suppose to live. COWARDS……tell me hw many KANNADIGAss have contributed in our wars….i have been reading blogs from these Kannadigas fr long and i can clearly see tht hw much hatred they have for other languages and people who speak those languages.

    MY FELLOW INDIANS PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE AND LEAVE UR COMMENTS THERE AND LET THESE ASS*&%^* KNOW THAT we WILL HAVE OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE(not yet but soon we will make it legaly and we will have it by asking people to vote for it)…..

    http://kannadablogs.ning.com/profiles/blogs/2958967:BlogPost:36539

    HERE on this website all KANNADA FANATICS are posting bad things abt our beloved LANGUAGES and then they call other states as BACKWARD states. LET THESE ASS(*& know wat we can do to them. ANYBODY WHO WILL NOT ACCEPT WHAT A TRUE INDIAN WANTS THEN THEY SHUD B KICKED FROM OUR COUNTRY…..

    REMEMEBR ALL KANNADIGAS START CALLING URSELF INDIANS(NO OTHER NAME ACCEPTED)or GET READY TO GET UR DISGUSTING SMELLING ASS KICKED…………

    U SHUD SEE HOW MUCH HATE THEY HAVE FOR OTHER LANGUAGES ALSO…..THEY HATE TAMIL,TElugu,marathi and etc speaking language people….JUST READ THE POSTS IN THAT WEBSITE AND YOU WILL KNOW………..

    *****OH ONE MORE THING MADRAS HAS MADRAS REGIMENT(again wat abt u) *****UR IT SECTOR IS HIRING OUTSIDERS BUT NOT LOCAL PEOPLE BCZ THEY KNW UR MENTAL LEVEL****SO WHT R U CONTIRBUTING IN INDIAS PROGRESS?????????U R NOT THERE ON BORDERS,U R NOT THERE IN IT SECTOR(only land has been given by u and tht too after taking hell lot of money from the companies in bribe)…u dnt have any manufacturing power.

    NOW FOR UR STATE LANGUAGE i.e Kannada. WHY KANNADA IS UR OFFICIAL LANGUAGE WHILE ONLY 66% people in Karnataka speak this language while rest of the people speak Tulu, Kodava Takk and Konkani etc….. U made it official as u think it is widely spoken in ur state. SO for national language we can choose HINDI as it is been spoken by majority of people. Hindi speaking people are 41% where as after this 8% comes in and tht too it is for Bengali.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers_in_India

    INDIAN-

  28. ********hail state languages
    down down national langauge******by gurubasavarya *********

    HERE THEY ARE SAYING HAIL STATE LANGUAGES AND IN THEIR FORUMS THEY ARE SAYING ALL BAD THINGS ABOUT OTHER STATE LANGUAGES…..MAN U GUYS ARE REALLY GOOD(or i shud say BAD)POLITICIANS……..HERE U SAY HAIL AS U KNW U WILL GET HELL LOT OF BASHING FROM PEOPLE OF OTHER STATES ,BUT WEN U GUYS ARE THERE IN UR BLOGS U SAY BAD THINGS FOR THE OTHER LANGUAGES………CANT U FIGHT UR OWN BATTLE(have guts to say wat u really have in ur heart)????

    SEE HOW SCARED UR BREED IS WEN IT COMES TO FIGHT(here it is only with wrds and eventhn u guys are scared)……….

    DONT BE A CLOWN…U R NOT only MOCKING URSELF BUT UR STATE,UR LANGUAGE AND UR PEOPLE……..

  29. U mr. indian rather true indian, we’ve never been taught to be cowards or be scared of other lingual people. s i agree in blogs we see people commenting bad on other languages, but u lack deep observation. there, people express their anguish on other lingual people’s (few) attitude toward in their states, not on language, if they take name of their languages, it’s just to refer ‘that’ people. i think u r a hindi lover and trying to use divide and rule policy of british on non-hindi speaking people, thus gaining a POLITICAL miliage to keep divided non-hindi people and impose hindi on others. good! u should be given bharata ratna not for any good achievement but for demoralizing people to establish hindi imperialism

  30. To be an indian i want to teach hindi every where and hindi is complesary all states in india hindi is must and indian to be declare hindu country and neglet the close 370 in J&k. all indian to be purchase land in j&k.
    sushil singhal

  31. the only thing that matters in India, I think, is can u win an election? what majority thinks (or is made to think) right is the right. and might is right. Will any truth ever come to front at all? that is why wise are so dormant in this country.

  32. Indian law specifies Hindi & English are Official language of India. Article 343 of the constitution specifies that the Official language of the Union shall be Hindi in Devanagari script.The term “National Language” is never mentioned in Constitution. Article 354 specifies that the legislature of a State may by law adopt any one or more of the languages in use in the State or Hindi as the Language or Languages to be used for all or any of the Official purposes of that State.[8] Section 8 of The Official Languages Act of 1963 (as amended in 1967) empowers the Union Government to make rules regarding the languages which may be used for the Official purposes of the Union, for transaction of business in Parliament, and for communication between the Union Government and the states.[9] Section 3 of G.S.R. 1053, titled “Rules, 1976 (As Amended, 1987)” specifies that communications from a Central (Union) Government office to a State or a Union Territory in shall, save in exceptional cases (Region “A”) or shall ordinarily (Region “B”), be in Hindi, and if any communication is issued to any of them in English it shall be accompanied by a Hindi translation thereof. Section 3 of G.S.R. 1053, titled “Rules, 1976 states Communications from a Central Government office to State or Union Territory in Region “C” or to any office (not being a Central Government office) or person in such State shall be in English. Region C (South India) covers Tamil Nadu, Kerala , Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh [10]

  33. hi,
    first of all hindi cant be your national language.
    It will only split this country into many countries.

    Secondly all great people born never said they were indians.
    There is no mentioning in any history books that a country called india existed.only to the westerners it was known as india.
    Great kings of diffedrent kingdoms never were called indians.

    Now coming to kannadigas view on other state languages. We perfect others.
    But others need to know what their history really is.
    Karnataka did not have any regiment during british rule as we did not support them.
    Where as kodavas for the sake of money and power became slaves of them and joined their army.
    U should accept the facts.
    Other south indian states had a regiment as they supported british and wanted to annex karnatakas lands.
    Like the maharashtra, tamil nadu and hyderabad kings supported the british to grab karnatakas land.
    Check the atlas to find out that the names of most of the places in theses lands are actually kannada names even though they are considered to be the heartland of other states.
    So india is just a nation which is made up of people trying to kill each other for land and money.
    india if it remains in this shamefull state for some more time it will collapse and many smaller countries will be formed which is actually good for everyones development and cultural integrity.

  34. In the above some wierd mr. Indian thinks locals of Karnataka have a lower mental level.. so they r not getting hired… what an irony, most ppl are employed by Infosys.. founders of this companies are Kannadigas. These brought recognition to Indians in IT field. Its not a secret now tht in most IT companies, ppl from every state try to get in only ppl from their own states irrespective of knowledge n talent. I hope this mr.Indian conducts a real survey n finds out why Kannadigas cant get jobs easily though they r academically better thn their other state counter-parts in their own state

  35. Hindi is not our national language. But Hindi along with English is the official language in India.

    But I will say that we should have a common language for all the states. In my opinion it should be Hindi because this is the only language that people in every state gets a chance to learn. So all the states especially southern states should take necessary steps to educate Hindi among people.

    Some fanatic people like kannadigas say that there is no country called India. You should spit your saliva at their faces.

    To Mr.Kannadiga,
    You kannadigas are the worst people in India.Bastards…You don’t have any spirit towards our country. You people should be kicked out of India. They think they are superior to all others.

    If you say India is not your country it is equal to saying that “Your mother is a prostitute”. So respect your mother (if you are born to a single father, I don’t think so) & respect your country.

    Jai Hind

  36. To Jai Hind,
    Don’t ever judge a state/community based on the opinion of one person. If you ever do that dont call yourself ‘jai hind’, you are insulting the country.
    There is no country without people, that is the reason why we have so many official languages. If anyone thinks we can’t be a single nation without one language, they are not fit to be in this country. The basis of this country is unity in diversity. Unless we respect other languages we lose the true meaning of this country. The opposition to Hindi has mainly come from Tamilnadu. Even I felt very bad about them at one point, but now I am realizing the truth. Hindi is as alien as english for all regional states. So why should one be forced to learn Hindi while english is bridging the gap for a common language.

  37. I didn’t comment anything against learning English. Indeed English can be used as a language for communication between people of different states.

    But I don’t know on what basis you are being reluctant towards learning a language. If you are reluctant towards LEARNING you can’t achieve anything in your life. This is the reason why you kannadigas are still living as under dogs in your own state.

    See the situation in your state capital. Bangalore is an IT hub of India, but most of the people working in these IT forms are not kannadigas. Why are these opportunities taken away by others? Why are you people not able to achieve anything? Reason is simple.You people are reluctant towards LEARNING. The word ‘LEARNING’ is very important here because this is a process that never ends till your death.

    Although I am not settled in Bangalore and no way related to your state, I have so many friends (Kannadigas & non Kannadigas) staying over there. My opinion is based on the feedback given by these people.

    You may come up with silly arguments that there are great scientist, engineers & great personalities from Karnataka. But a few great personalities can’t make you great.

    Think how to find out a solution for getting out of the pathetic situation you are in. The only way is to think broad minded. Try to accept that you are part of India. Take interest in learning other culture & languages.Learn,Learn,Learn,Learn,Learn…..This will never end.

  38. >>being reluctant towards learning a language
    Just try to find how many non-kannadigas who can speak kannada against how many kannadigas who can speak other languages, whether it is hindi or some other language. Then you will realize the truth. You really need to grow up man, stop pasting baseless comments, it only show how immature you are. You also say kannada/karnataka is bad and lot of non-kannadiga people stay in karnataka. If it is bad why don’t they go to a good state. Don’t spread the hatred by pasting these nonsense comments. First be a good man, learn to respect others, then talk about being a good citizen.

  39. These kannadigas will unnecessarily try to impose Kannada everywhere. So many of my colleagues have experience of going and staying in Bangalore or some other part of Karnataka. I was shocked when I heard that Karnataka Govt is allowing the vehicle registration numbers to be written in Kannada. I have not seen these kind of foolish things in any other state in India. Really ridiculous!!!!! How can an outsider read the number of a vehicle of any issues happen? We can understand and accept the fact that bus boards are written in Kannada because at least numbers are written in English.

    Mr.Kannadiga, Just imagine the situation that you went to some other state and met with an accident. Police people will come to you and they will first ask the number of the vehicle. Please imagine the situation of admitting that you were not able to read the number because it was written in a language other than English.
    Kindly understand these facts before barking against somebody like a TYPICAL KANNADA DOG.And also don’t comment badly against outsiders staying in your state. In my state also people from other states (Including KANNADIGAS) are living peacefully. This is India so every individual has the right to choose a place to live any where inside this country. Try to think in a more matured way.

  40. If truth is told, you people will become silent. Why did u stop banking ?

    In my opinion these people should be hanged upside down naked publicly. But even if you do so, they will not seem ashamed.

    Are you people not feeling ashamed to say you are not Indians? These people deserve to be thrown out of India.

    Believe me, you people are really a disgrace to India.

  41. Yes, I agree with you that it will be difficult for the south indians to get to the Hindi & English is same to all of the India.

    But, In My opinion “Sanskrit” should be made our national language as it is the mother of all languages and it takes same time to every person in the world to learn sanskrit.

    And foremost it is the most scientific language.

  42. It is not easy to make Sanskrit as out National Language. Only a few people have knowledge about this language.

    No need of a national language. English & Hindi are our official languages.

    But I have one request to all Indians. Please throw these dirty kannadigas out of India and make our country clean. If we are united we can teach these idiots (Kannadigas) a lesson.Come on friends.Come on.

  43. India is a pathetic nation. It’s sad that Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are part of this pathetic nation.

    My dream is to see Dravida. Instead of fighting for Telangana, all South Indians should get together and fight for a Dravidian state.

  44. Seems some mother fuckers scolding Kannada, no impact guys !!! as you guys dont have shelter and food and ran out of your place to hide in karnataka . Its only KOnga and donga irritated india

  45. Jai Hind: I think you are fuc##d badly by a kannadiga.. Kudos to that kannadiga you taught you a good lesson himself!

  46. To Rishabh Srivastava, thanks for this wonderful article. I request you to keep this forever. If you could, I request you to clean up the mess on the comments :-). Especially, anti-social, anti-national comments given by people to your article.

    I was confused and shocked by the comment posted by name “Jai Hind”. I was wondering how come you write a good article and then talk such low level language in comments.

    When I saw your profile, I could clearly see its not you, but an imposter by name “Jai Hind” who by his language seems not fit to be an Indian. Anyways people take time to learn and grow. I wish he would come to terms with “unity in diversity” in India very soon.

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