For the longest time, this was one phrase that was representative of India for me. I am not sure if I picked it up from TV or if it was in my History or Geography books in school. Or perhaps the Ek Chidiya, Anek Chidiya short that was screened on Doordarshan.
Whatever the origins of that phrase were, I believed in it. I thought then and still do that India is an amazing entity, one place where we have multitudes of languages, religions, culture, cuisines that co-exist in harmony. Moving from TamilNadu to Karnataka I embraced the changes in language, food and customs rather than be intimidated by it. I am sure if I had moved to Rajasthan or UP, I would have been happy to imbibe the local culture rather than live in my microcosm.
Why am I rambling about this on a sleepy Friday afternoon? K’s friend Raj had sent a forward (something he had written himself) laying out the rationale for why Hindi is not/should not really be India’s National Language. He does have a point. Rather several valid points. I agree with his reasoning but can’t help asking: Why not Hindi?
The alternative really is English or Tamil or Telugu or Marathi or any of the indigenous languages spoken by the peoples of India. Given a choice I think English makes most sense given our obsession for a pardesi tongue that seems to drive our economy. ;p
So, folks, what do you think? Chip in with your thoughts. Been feeling rather quiet here.