Language debate: Let the Dalitbahujan see through oppressive intentions

We need to enrich our languages and make them culturally stronger. Mere devotion to one’s language won’t do. Languages should become vehicles of change by incorporating the literature and style of those who want to transform society, says Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Of late, Hindi versus other Indian languages has become the matter of a bitter debate. Hindi speakers, when confronted with language disputes, often quote Dr Ram Manohar Lohia. It is said that when Lohia went to Germany for research, his professor asked him to learn German, which turned him into a strong votary of Hindi. Treading in his footsteps, Mulayam Singh Yadav blew the trumpet of Hindi in Uttar Pradesh. However, in Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav charted a different course. He realized that the English language would be essential for the students for their progress and growth. It would be wrong to conclude that Lalu’s policy, in any way, insulted Hindi. He insisted on the youngsters learning English so that they could get better opportunities. Proficiency in English is essential for students in this day and age.

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