Friends, last year I visited India and took a vacation to Kerala. This was first time I was visiting southern India. Now, I realized there that most of the people there do not speak Hindi. They either speak their state language (as we all know we have tons of languages in our country) or they speak English. I was observing that some older people from other parts of India were having little trouble communicating with them. Then later I discussed this with some of my friends and there were mix opinion. Some told me people in south does not want to learn Hindi. Now I would assume Hindi being a national language is important. Does anyone know exact reason why Hindi is not accepted much in southern India and if it should be included in curriculum. To me I think everyone in country should be able to communicate atleast through one language and Hindi being our national language should be spoken/understood by all Indians. It's like I live in Hindustan but I don't know Hindi.
I have also faced similar situtations when i was in chennai and bangalore, and in mangalore, in chennai nobody spoke hindi and i am given to understand it is more to do with politics, some regional parties in late 80s DMK to be specific fought the elections on anti hindi plank and infact anna durai, the late congressmen was the first to use this strategy and since then people are using it as a tool to win over locals and elections also.
Infact i understand some people know hindi but do not want to speak hindi, though the circulum has hindi, nobody wants to speak for speaking in hindi is considered as politcally incorrect.
further india has many national languages, 16 to be precise and tamil is also one of them, well tamil is also one of the language in singapore.
Well I am from the South and most importantly, I dont think in Hindi. Thats the first hurdle. I know Hindi/Urdu but not very good at it. I have to translate my strongest emotions just like I do with English. I am more comfortable with English than Hindi as all that you study is via English in school. And I have learnt Hindi as a language throughout school. Never learnt my native language in school, only at home.
Yes Rindam, you are right in what you are saying. If one has a different mother tongue then getting the fine nuances of the language right is tough. Also, you don't think in Hindi.
However, here the matter is of common communication. In most cities in India, exposure to Hindi is very common. Hence in most parts, people are able to communicate, even is they are not fluent in hindi. Not getting the genders right is fine, as long as the effort is there. Here we are talking of people who, inspite of knowing the language, refuse to communicate. They wud rather converse in broken English than answer in broken Hindi. The cabbies in Chennai don't even answer if spoken to in Hindi, and yet they understand if you are talking about money in hindi and the amount settled is wrong.........isn't that strange? Specially when most of them are exposed to Hindi as a language in school at one stage ? At least one wud expect them to communicate, even if it in broken Hindi? And that is true in many regional areas of India, not only of Tamil Nadu.
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