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Indian officials ordered to ditch English for Hindi
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:28PM BST 20 Jun 2014 | Dean Nelson

Posted on 06/20/2014 11:08:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Since Lord Macaulay set out to turn India’s native elite into “a class of persons Indian in blood and color, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect” in 1835, English has been the country’s language of government.

But according to a leaked memo, Indian officials must now use Hindi in all official posts on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Ministers have also ordered officials, many of whom do not speak fluent Hindi, to use the language in presentations.

The disclosure provoked an angry response from state leaders across the country yesterday, who resent the imposition of Hindi. …

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: english; englishban; hindi; india

1 posted on 06/20/2014 11:08:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

If the sword of Islam continues to rise, they’ll be speaking Arabic in no time.

Obama + ISIS = peas in a pod


2 posted on 06/20/2014 11:21:39 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Olog-hai

As a layman on such things, I thought that their adopting English so thoroughly was one of the great, little discussed genius decisions by any nation, in a very long time.

It seemed so brilliant and committed, and effective, that it was almost threatening.


3 posted on 06/20/2014 11:29:10 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12; All

Although this Hindu nationalist won a clear majority, he won’t retain it if he forces 60% of the population whose native language is not Hindi to use it to work. Really stupid to reject a language which enables them to engage in commerce throughout the world.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 11:43:35 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

The guy owns a piece of Rosetta Stone..


5 posted on 06/20/2014 11:48:07 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Olog-hai

The new PM is sabotaging his party’s future. The hundreds of millions who speak Bengali, Telugu, etc. as their first language will not want to be treated like second class citizens.


6 posted on 06/20/2014 11:53:24 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: denydenydeny

Maybe it will be like the Metric Scare. At various times beginning in the late 60’s, many were saying “Americans MUST being using the metric system. All other developed nations already use it, so why not us too? It’s such a simple method!” There was some adaptation with liquid products, such as gasoline, being sold in Metric units, but most people still use basic units. It just never did catch on in private transaction or communication. I suspect India will come to much the same conclusion after spending x amount of millions in this experiment.


7 posted on 06/21/2014 12:26:53 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Olog-hai

That should kill any future outsourcing of phone and
technical support contracts from the English speaking
world. There is trouble enough with the cultural and
timezone issues.


8 posted on 06/21/2014 12:39:19 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Olog-hai

Just please don’t extend that requirement to our help desk, it’s hard enough to understand them as it is ,,,


9 posted on 06/21/2014 12:39:33 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: gleeaikin; denydenydeny; Olog-hai
I suspect that this is merely to make Indias absolutely lazy and inefficient babus (bureaucrats) NOT use the standard arcane english verbiage that is used to mask their inaction. After the useless ones are weeded out, some English will creep in. All technical reports are bound to be in English.

Also, this is only for the Central Gov't - not the private sector or the states.

10 posted on 06/21/2014 12:43:29 AM PDT by IndianChief
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To: Olog-hai

India has but one advantage as far as I’m concerned: many, if not most, of its citizens speak English. If it weren’t for that, their programmers wouldn’t be in such demand. It’s not because they’re so good - they’re not. The Russians blow them away imo, but the only English most of them know is a programming language. At least that’s what I came away with after seven years talent-spotting in Europe and Australasia.


11 posted on 06/21/2014 12:48:16 AM PDT by ComputerGuy
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It’s not because they’re so good - they’re not. The Russians blow them away imo, but the only English most of them know is a programming language.

I'm sure Yevgeniy Valentinovich agrees with you.

Narendra is blowing it if he thinks blowing off the language of Macaulay is a good move. But then, all politics is local. Maybe he knows what he's doing.

12 posted on 06/21/2014 1:22:35 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Olog-hai

India is very much a polyglot state - this isn’t going to sit too well with speakers of Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Bengali etc.


13 posted on 06/21/2014 1:26:30 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: IndianChief

What? That makes absolutely no sense to me.


14 posted on 06/21/2014 1:46:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: ansel12

All of the region that made up India was a polyglot of many mutually unintelligible languages, of which was only one, Hindi, was spoken at most by only some regions.

Adoption of English as the official language solved a lot of problems, but it also papered over a lot of basic tribal and regional differences, principally between the Muslims and everybody else in India. Pakistan and Bangladesh were divided off from the main part of India just over this religious difference. All the Muslims were supposed to go to what was then “East” and “West” Pakistan, but it didn’t quite happen that way.


15 posted on 06/21/2014 1:48:34 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: Olog-hai
Indian officials must now use Hindi in all official posts on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Sounds like Quebec.

16 posted on 06/21/2014 2:33:02 AM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Olog-hai

Haha. Well, what can I say. Try to convince the young that they are no longer to speak English. Dumb sh*ts...


17 posted on 06/21/2014 3:23:36 AM PDT by nikos1121 (lo)
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To: Olog-hai

1 step foreward....10 back.


18 posted on 06/21/2014 4:23:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Olog-hai

Modi’s picking a fight he doesn’t need to.


19 posted on 06/21/2014 6:37:03 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

Yes, which indicates he wants to.


20 posted on 06/21/2014 6:41:30 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
महान DK
21 posted on 06/21/2014 10:24:02 AM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: Olog-hai
India is a nation composed of many nations. Southern India has a rich language heritage that they don't want to lose, and be dominated by the Hindi belt. This will rile up the southern states and their regional sentiments. BJP already has a problem being seen as the party of the north.

He was essentially elected on an economic and development platform, not for social engineering. English is the language for development.

22 posted on 06/21/2014 1:08:05 PM PDT by Moorings
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