“BEFORE WE DEMAND RESPECT AND EXPRESS PRIDE FOR OUR REGIONAL LANGUAGE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEARN AND RESPECT OTHER LANGUAGES AS WELL” -Dr. Pallav
To demand respect for a regional language and to promote its democracy, it is essential to study, respect and gain knowledge of other languages as well. If we want to give prevalence to any other language over English, we must create vast literature of knowledge for that particular language to contest with English. This was stated by Assistant Professor, Hindi Department, Hindu College, New Delhi, Dr. Pallav. He was speaking at the online discussion on ‘Democracy in Hindi Language’ held on the JKK Facebook page. The event was organized under the joint aegis of Department of Art, Literature, Culture and Archeology, Government of Rajasthan and JKK.
He further said that the Khariboli dialect of Hindi language is quite new and approximately 200 years old. Its roots can be found in our culture and languages like Sanskrit, Urdu, Farsi, among others. Just like the Indian democracy, the Hindi language also has an eclectic embodiment. Mahatma Gandhi made efforts during the freedom movement to transform Hindi into the national language and made sincere efforts to achieve the same. If we recall the debate for making Hindi the national language post-Independence, we will remember that the people of the South protested this move vehemently stating that no one language can be made the national language. The architects of democratic India like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Vallavbhai Patel and Govind Ballabh Pant were all foreseers. They devised the ‘Three-language Formula’ which enunciated the study of ‘Hindi, English and a modern Indian language (preferably one of the southern languages) in the Hindi speaking states and Hindi, English and a regional language in the non-Hindi speaking States.
On the occasion, Assistant Professor, Hindi Department, Rajasthan University, Dr. Vishal Vikram Singh said that a language is not born in a vacuum, it is created among social groups or two units through conversation. When the country had a sole national goal of gaining independence, the heroes of the freedom movement felt the need to communicate the agenda in one language which was Hindi. During this time, Hindi was a representation of people from outside non-Hindi speaking areas as well like Bengal, Punjab, Hyderabad, among others. For all these people and more, the Hindi language was a representative of their observations and emotions. It was probably because of this reason that our ancestors took the decision to give Hindi the stature of India’s official language post-independence.
Photo 1: Assistant Professor, Hindi Department, Hindu College, New Delhi, Dr. Pallav speaking at the online discussion on ‘Democracy in Hindi Language’ held on the JKK Facebook page.
Photo 2: Assistant Professor, Hindi Department, Rajasthan University, Dr. Vishal Vikram Singh speaking at the online discussion on ‘Democracy in Hindi Language’ held on the JKK Facebook pageF.