Sunday, May 11, 2008

Hindi malum hai kya?

Whether Hindi is national language or not is a different question. Why are many people in Tamil Nadu not willing to speak Hindi - because they don't know Hindi, as simple as that! For many people in Chennai Hindi is still "Kuch kuch hota hai", " Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge". According to a NI (North Indians), Chennai is a place last in his list either to get a transfer or even for a short stay because he says "Less people speak Hindi there, how do I communicate even to an auto walla?" Everywhere in India people speak Hindi - be it Bangalore or Jabalpur.

For many Chennai'ites learning Hindi was never a 'must' during one's academics. "Ek Gau mein ek kissan raghu thaatha" - hope raghu's thaatha( grandfather) doesn't mind his profession being changed. But this is a serious issue. Hindi - National or Official language? Lets leave it apart for sometime. We are at one point of time forced to take Hindi as a language during school. Is that useful for our day to day lives now?

During my 9Th class , I remember coming out of Hindi class and joining Tamil class from the very next day just because I dint like my Hindi teacher. But then from my second class I was forced to study Hindi. I still remember "Saanch Barobar Tap nahi, joot barobar paap" - having memorising the Dhoha(like Thirukkural in Tamil) everyday with the fear of getting punishment. Today I research, by anyway is that Dhoha helping me converse with people who know Hindi?

Can the education systems be changed such that children get an exposure of spoken Hindi during school? Well, most of the Tamil parents make their children study Hindi hardly for 3 years. During that time if spoken Hindi is imparted to them, on a long run one more language will get added to their list.

2 comments:

Janusman said...

Bengalooru is the only exception in South India to speak Hindi... take any other place - and NO HINDI. thats because - Many ppl have migrated from diff parts of the country to Bangy - IT HUB...

Idhukaagha Hindi kathukittu thaan aaganum nu avasiyame illa..

Anuradha said...

You left Hyderabad....another destination for 'Hindi' speaking people. again reason might me IT HUB....

As you said there is no necessity for learning Hindi.But we were brought up with the notion that Hindi is our national language and schools imparted Hindi as a compulsory subject.If we rewind and see, those few years of Hindi learning is of no use in today's world.

Its not compulsory to learn Hindi. But in a group of 10 people in a IT firm atleast 7-8 know Hindi fluently. My concern here is by knowing Hindi it becomes easy to interact. Nothing more than that....