Last fifteen days, the Union Minister of Foreign Affairs, sashimi Swaraj, a Hindi speaker, announced that now all the details of the passport of a citizen of the Indian Union will be in Hindi in addition to English. At present, the passport cover is Hindi for registration details, a note of “caution”, a presidential order printed on the passport and the various fields – Country code number type passport, name, nationality, sex , Date and place of birth, date and place of issue, date of expiration, name of the parent / spouse / guardian, address, age passport number, date and place of issue and file – They are all in Hindi. So, what is changing?
Now, the content provided in these fields will be Hindi in devanagari script. For example, the name and nickname of the passport holder in these fields will be printed in Hindi. This data is currently printed only in English.
To justify the introduction of Hindi and Hindi solely with English, Swaraj said: “All Arab countries have their passport in Arabic, Germany, in fact, Germany and Russia, in fact, in Russian. Why not. Hindi? ”
Swaraj said it made sense to people in areas where his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, took over 70% of its seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, ie the Hindi-speaking states. However, this does not make sense to most Indians who do not speak Hindi. Hindi is the mother tongue of less than 30% of the citizens of India and who also after many independent languages in such Hindi belt are counted as Hindi dialects, even when they are not.
So when Swaraj said “why can not we do it in Hindi?” The “we” does not represent all the citizens of India. “We” are the Hindi-speaking citizens of the Indian Union. By assimilating the minority with the rest of us, we erase any involvement that the rest of us, the majority, have a sense of “we”.
Compared to less than 30% of Hindi-speaking people in India, over 95% of people in Germany speak German as their mother tongue and over 96% of Russians speak Russian. That is why, when she compared India, Russia, Germany, she did not care, in the best Hindoutienne region of the Indian Union, or worse, that she wants Indian Union becomes. Majoritarianism is bad enough. A minority minority wife is a recipe for the crazy disaster out of the indignity that these ideologies are the non-Hindu linguistic nationalities of the Indian Union.
What is interesting, however, by the examples of German Swaraj in Germany and Russia in Russia is that it is understood that language makes a nation. But pushing this simple and evident understanding in the case of the Indian Union would mean sovereign nations in several languages. And this is where the harsh assertion and imposition of Hindi in the Hindi-speaking minority makes their power felt.
If Sushma Swaraj had looked away from these virtually monolingual nations to Sri Lanka, it would have been seen that Tamil together with Sinhala and English is engraved on the cover of the passport, although Sinhalese is the mother tongue of 74.9% people. He could study another multilingual training (it is difficult to call a nation) like Switzerland whose passport has five languages (the Swiss population is 8.2 million, India is 1.311 million dollars). Therefore, feasibility is not a problem.