President Pranab Mukherjee recently gave “in- principle approval” to a suggestion of a parliamentary panel on the use of Hindi Language across the Country. “The Centre, however, should draw up the policy to make Hindi a compulsory subject in consultation with states”, said the presidential order, a copy of which is available on the website of the department of official languages. Hindi is the mother tongue of the most part of the country and in schools; it can be an emotive subject as most states in India are drawn along linguistics lines. States such as Tamil Nadu have violent protests against Hindi in past, which is the official language of the Indian government.
CBSE Action on Course
In India, the choice of languages to be taught in schools varies from state to state. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), last year recommended a three-language formula to the course that was English and any two Indian languages to be expanded to classes 9 and 10. While Hindi is the choice for north India, in another part of the country the states were allowed to pick any two languages from the 22 Indian languages recognized by the Constitution. The human resource and development (HRD) ministry is yet to respond to the CBSE suggestion.
The President also recommended having minimum knowledge of Hindi to be one of the preconditions for a government job. The committee of parliament made 117 suggestions to encourage the use of Hindi; most of these have been accepted by the President. We may soon see President and Union Ministers delivering speeches in Hindi. The panel also suggested all dignitaries should be requested to deliver their speeches in Hindi if they can read and speak the language. President has also accepted the recommendation that said the government, wherever possible, should give all advertisements in Hindi and regional languages.