Hindi is not our National Language – Setting things right

Hindi is not our National Language. OK. You have read it on the blog earlier. But, how many people around you know this fact? Just practically check it out. Ask people around you and you’ll know.
This is an initiative to spread this lesser known fact.

We had done this blogpost in October of 2007 called “You think you know what India’s National Language is?”, and it is till date one of the most commented posts on our blog.

It’s an eye-opener which talks about the citizens of India being under an hypnotization by the system, which has very widely embedded in the minds of all of us that our National Language is Hindi. Our blog post has got around 4,500 odd views, which is not even 0.01% of India’s Internet population. People have the right to not stay under this hypnotism. The people of India need to know that India doesn’t have a National Language instead of blabbering around that Hindi is the National Language.

This post is an attempt to raise awareness about this fact.

What we need to do is very simple. If you are sitting here and reading this post, you are definitely present on atleast one of these channels on the Internet:

  • Email
  • Chat
  • Social Networks(Orkut, Facebook, etc)
  • You own a website
  • You have a blog
  • Microblogs
  • Lots more…

What you need to do is leverage each of these mediums you are on to let people in your circle know this fact.

  • If you are on email, send this to all Indians in your contacts list
  • If you have a website or a blog, publish this.
  • If you are on Social Networks(most of us are), use the different mediums(scrapbooks, walls, communities, groups, etc) to spread the word
  • If you are on microblogs like twitter, post it there. Retweet it.
  • If you are someone from the media, communicate this fact through your medium(TV, Print, Radio, etc)
  • Make it a part of your dinner-table talks, party discussions, gossips.
  • Most importantly, when you communicate this, insist your friends/readers to pass on the message to their circle/network


I hope this initiative takes some concrete form and we can see lesser people living with the misconception.

0 thoughts on “Hindi is not our National Language – Setting things right”

  1. And this misconception is even worse in the diaspora around the world. I’ve had a tough time explaining to people that if anything, the most appropriate common language between Indians is English. It is simply official, impartial and a reflection of our history (yes, whether you like it or not, the British are part of our history, as much as the Mughals are).

    It irks me to no end when North Indians I meet simply expect me to speak Hindi. Of course, I speak the language with them to extend them the courtesy of conversing in a language they understand. It does not excuse the arrogance of the expectation.

  2. In that same spirit, I don’t know if the title of your blog “Jai Hind” was chosen because of the irony it exemplifies – the word “Hind” being a Persian corruption of the Sindhu river (Indus civilization etc.), coming into popular usage only in the mid 19th century.

    I would have preferred “Bharat” or historically,
    “Aryavarta”. :)

  3. @author @nash
    Where the hell did you get the news that Hindi is not official National Language? Its seems that you did not get your primary studies in India or may not very well aware of Indian constitution.

  4. @Ankit

    If you would read the post carefully, nowhere has it been mentioned that Hindi is not an official language. India has several official languages. Hindi is not the “National Language”.

    Secondly, simply because primary education popularly teaches Hindi as the national language does not make it correct.

    As for the constitution , you can read it here : http://indiacode.nic.in/coiweb/fullact1.asp?tfnm=00

    But I’ll be courteous and post the relevant information

    Articles 344(1) and 351 Eight Schedule mention the following official languages:

    1. Assamese.
    2. Bengali.
    3. Gujarati.
    4. Hindi.
    5. Kannada.
    6. Kashmiri.
    _545[7. Konkani.]
    _546[8.] Malayalam.
    _545[9. Manipuri.]
    _547[10.] Marathi.
    _545[11. Nepali.]
    _548[12.] Oriya.
    _548[13.] Punjabi.
    _548[14.] Sanskrit.
    _549[_548[15.] Sindhi.]
    _548[16.] Tamil.
    _548[17.] Telugu.
    _548[18.] Urdu.

    Many more have been added since , all being official languages, but not single national language.

    Further it states in “Legislative Procedure”

    120. Language to be used in Parliament.- (1) Notwithstanding anything in Part XVII, but subject to the provisions of article 348, business in Parliament shall be transacted in Hindi or in English:
    Provided that the Chairman of the Council of States or Speaker of the House of the People, or person acting as such, as the case may be, may permit any member who cannot adequately express himself in Hindi or in English to address the House in his mother-tongue.

    Again, both Hindi and English are merely official languages.

    It states Article 343 :
    343. Official language of the Union.- (1) The official language of
    the Union shall be Hindi in Devanagari script.
    The form of numerals to be used for the official purposes of the Union
    shall be the international form of Indian numerals.
    (2) Notwithstanding anything in clause (1), for a period of fifteen
    years from the commencement of this Constitution, the English language
    shall continue to be used for all the official purposes of the Union
    for which it was being used immediately before such commencement:
    Provided that the President may, during the said period, by order_306
    authorise the use of the Hindi language in addition to the English
    language and of the Devanagari form of numerals in addition to the
    international form of Indian numerals for any of the official purposes
    of the Union.
    (3) Notwithstanding anything in this article, Parliament may by law
    provide for the use, after the said period of fifteen years, of-
    (a) the English language, or
    (b) the Devanagari form of numerals,
    for such purposes as may be specified in the law.

    In short, Hindi and English due to amendments made enjoy official status in our country, as do regional languages in their respective states. The Union of India, has no national language.

  5. @Ankit
    Contrast this to an analogous situation.

    All languages spoken in European countries are official languages of the European Union. The procedures of the European Union are to be carried out in German or in English.

    Does that mean German is the “national” language of Europe? That is ludicrous. There is no “National” or “International” language of Europe, just official languages.

  6. @Ankit

    1. The presence of a Department to increase the usage of Hindi in the Government of India does not make it a National Language. The fact that they call it “Rajya Bhasha” does not make it the National Language. The Consitution is the last word on National policies and symbols.

    2. The websites you mention never claim Hindi is the National language. The only mention its official status , while the “Rajbhashya Vibhag” conducts efforts to establish it as the National Language – having not yet done so. I sincerely hope they never do.

  7. When our constitution was formed in 1960,Hindi was not a widespread language in India.Especially in the Southern ad the Eastern states.Thus it was decided to keep Hindi the national language,but also keep English the supplemental National language.And it was decided that till 1965,Hindi should be made widespread so that after 65,only Hindi would remain the national language.But in the 1972 or 73 proceedings,the representatives from states like Orissa,AP,…..did not support this because Hindi was still hardly known in these states.Hence,even now Hindi along with English has been kept as the National Language in India.Hence,next time u went to some government official to ask for some paper work,one can demand so in English.Also as far as i know,the proceedings in the Supreme court should be compulsory made in English,unless not known by anyone involved….

  8. I don’t understand the reason or motive behind this blog. It just seems some non-Hindi speaking guy with an inferiority complex had to write something somewhere to vent his anger / complex, resulting in this blog.
    Just as Tamil is spoken in Tamil Nadu, Hindi is spoken and understood in the rest of the country – yes, other than T.N. Hindi is spoken and understood everywhere else. Hindi has never dominated any other language, it’s just that people find it convenient to use as a link language. Only in TN people don’t understand this fact. They live in some sort of an inferiority complex thinking that Hindi is attacking their language,etc. which is not true. Whatever status Hindi enjoys right now is because people across India have accepted it and it will decline in stature if people stop accepting it. And anyway, each state has the full freedom to use its own language so where is the reason for confrontation? I just don’t see why anybody should have any problem with Hindi as long as nobody is forcing the language upon them. Or is it that you guys are jealous and envious that Hindi is so popular and widely spoken?

  9. I think Tathagat, that you have taken us on a slightly wronger note.
    The motive is not to vent any anger/complex towards Hindi.
    I am ready to speak to people in any language they are comfortable with and I know, and I don’t have any grudges towards any language.

    The motive here is to spread the fact about Hindi being our national language, that has been fitted into the minds of people by the system and its percolation into the society. We don’t want wrong information to be hovering around in our minds.

  10. In a complex country like India, English has best served as the “National” language. As long as the people from other “non-Hindi” speaking states are not forced to speak Hindi, business remains as usual. Once Hindi is imposed on non-Hindi speaking people, trouble erupts. Look at the language, literature, dance, and music of non-Hindi speaking states (Tamilnadu, Andhra, Orissa, Manipur etc.). They are not going to give up Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchhipudi, or Manipur in favor of Hindi. The Dance cannot go without music and music cannot develop without a strong language. This is what the apprehension of the people who are in literature, dance, or music.
    These folks are intellectuals and strong loyalists to their own sub-culture within the grater culture of India.

  11. @Tathagat

    u say ‘except tamil nadu evry whre hindi is spoken and understood’…WRONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG………

    Hindi is not spoken or even understood by the common people in Kerala,karnataka etc….
    South India is not onlt tamil nadu…
    And there are other non hindi speaking states in this country


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