Saturday, August 30, 2003

A socio-political commentary on Hindi

" Take a Hindiwallah who insists on his right to use Hindi. Once I was at a film symposium and there were people from both North and South India. The language they were speaking was a kind of mix of Hindi and English. And we were rubbing along with some understanding and some loss. Then one of the local Hindi patrakars stood up and began to make a speech about how his rights were being denied and so on. He wanted to speak in Hindi and his entire expectation was that he would be denied that right; he would be told: you can't because there are people present from elsewhere. As it happened, I was chairing that session and I said: please speak in Hindi. He had nothing to say and kept quiet after that. All he wished to do was to insist on his right to speak in Hindi. So there is a further problem of what you are going to say in the language once it is granted to you. That problem has not been addressed simply because the Hindiwallah has invented an enemy who holds him back. He is always shadow-fighting with this guy who has denied him the right to speak."

यह टिप्पणी इलॅक्ट्रानिक माध्यमों के सम्बन्ध में और भी जायज़ है। कोई किसी को हिन्दी का इस्तेमाल करने से रोक नहीं रहा, आपकी जैसे इच्छा हो वैसे लेखन और पाठन कर सकते हैं। टी वी पर तो हिन्दी के चॅनलों ने बाज़ी मार ही ली है, अब बारी है जाल की।