Volume 19 Number 8 19th Year of Publication September 19, 2019
Hindi, and the Southern Tirade
It’s pathetic that some of the narrow-minded political leaders of the Southern Indian states have re-started their ill-advised campaign against Hindi, the third largest language (with Urdu) in the world and the overwhelmingly popular language of India.
Obviously, they have no other issue of importance to fight the present central government led by Narendra Modi, whose Home Minister, Amit Shah recently, spoke in favor of Hindi as the unifying force in India. Speaking at Hindi Divas (Hindi Day), September 14, Shah said Hindi as the single largest language should be promoted all over India as this is the only language widely spoken and understood in India that could unify the country.
Loving the slogans, and some more
The entire world loves slogans. We Indians love them probably most. Some slogans are old, some still popular. But some are temporary, they just fade away with time.
Politics frequently creates slogans; some invent them for temporary gains, some remain just slogans. Some have a lasting effect and can inspire generations and become a household thing.
Let’s go back to India of the 1870s when Vande Mataram, probably the oldest slogan to continue even now, was coined. The meaning is: I bow to thee, Mother – here Mother is Mother India.