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'Let all languages be treated as national language'

india Updated: Jan 29, 2013 10:23 IST
Anurupa Sen
Ravish Kumar

The session on 'Hindi-English Bhai Bhai' had the audience burst into laughter with panelists Ashok Vajpeyi, Bhalchandra Nemade, Udaya Narayana Singh and Ira Pande, moderated by Ravish Kumar.

The session at the Jaipur Literature Festival discussed the distortion and dominance of one language over the other. The purity of a language and the way it was spoken in the golden times is lost now. The void of good and fluent Hindi spoken is filled up with fragments of other languages like English, and vis-à-vis, which disrupts the ethnicity of a language.

Ira Pande refers to the advertisement "Hello honey bunny" and Ravish Kumar jokes about the Coca Cola advertisement humming the tune "Haan main crazy hoon" as she speaks.

Ashok Vajpeyi added that even though he is saddened by the fact that today the Hindi language, which dominates in the country, has lost its flavour, he is also happy with the idea of the dominance of "wrong English" spoken in the country.

Coming to the influence of Hindi over regional language Vajpeyi said, "Every regional language is a national language" and the concept of one national language is unnecessary. It is also seen that Hindi as a language intrudes into regional languages making them vague and nearly lost in the coming days. However, his idea drew criticism by a few in the audience.

English has grown from a "colonial" language to be spoken at a "global" platform, Ira Pande observes. But also feels that the hierarchy in terms of English speaking people still prevails and is considered to be more prestigious among the younger generation.

She also understands that the language spoken differs from people to people in terms of the way one speaks domestically and when spoken in literal terms.