Accent on Hindi
The editorial Let those tongues wag (March 8) brings heartening information that Hindi is acquiring a certain snob value. This doesn’t seem to hold when you see people introducing English words into Hindi or speaking Hindi with an English accent. We seem to have an inferiority complex and consider English superior while the West proudly carries their languages wherever they go. We don’t realise how strong our languages are. In fact, Nasa has said that Sanskrit is the only natural language that can be used for the purpose of artificial intelligence.
Early polls beckon
Pankaj Vohra’s assessment in The stage is set for the polls (March 10) is right that two things point to early polls: the nuclear deal and the Rs 60,000 crore waiver for farmers announced in the Budget. Generally, such moves are viewed as concessions to woo the voters. But if the opposition cooperates with the government, the polls could be put off.
The Waiving of farmers’ loans and the Indo-US civil nuclear deal are important issues in deciding the fate of the Congress in the elections. Loan waiver is a good move but it is seen as a tactic to keep the vote-bank secure. Since the Congress is considered a party for poor people, the emphasis should be more on improving the present state of farmers. A consensus should be established on the Indo-US nuclear deal to strengthen our energy resources.
It was the darkest moment in the history of Indian hockey when the team failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 80 years. It is a national shame that makes us bow our heads in sorrow. One needs to look at ways of revamping the game at the earliest. A think tank of former coaches and experts should come together to chalk out a strategy to erase this dismal performance. We have the talent, but do we have the will to effect a turnaround?