"Languages - Make Us Strangers In Our Own Country?"

IDEAZ on – "Languages - Make Us Strangers In Our Own Country?"

by P . T . Choudary, Chairman

Institute for Democratic & amp; Economic Affairz(IDEAz)

www . ideaz4india . com

Quotations for consideration:

  • “Language is for easy and proper communication and not for proving one’s erudition or for snobbery.” - Anon
  • “A common language is the most obvious binding element in any society.” - Michael Howard.


To encourage a common language and script that allows for better National Integration and ease of Global Communication.

 Key Concepts:

  • A National Language must allow for communication across the Nation.
  • Even if Languages are different a common script helps.
  • If our ancestors had insisted only on their ‘Mother Tongue’, then we should all have been speaking ONLY in PRAKRIT or PALI or SANSKRIT. If they sought the advantage of better communicability over purity of traditional language or mother tongue, then perhaps we too today, should strive for better communicability for each of us all across our country.

Key Metrics:

  • India has about 25 major languages, each with its own script, and over 1600 distinct dialects across 28 States and 7 Union Territories.
  • Though many Indians are multilingual from infancy, communicating across ALL languages and scripts is impossible.

As citizens of our Country, India, we are free to go where ever we please within it, but once we are out of our own State or the State we were brought up in, we are handicapped. We can no longer freely communicate either verbally or in writing with the people now around us. We find ourselves strangers within our own Country.

Perhaps some around us speak and understand English (or rather ‘INGLISH’-Indian English) and moving within that restricted circle we find our self quite at home, but that circle intersects often with other local circles in which people do not speak ‘INGLISH’ and there once again we are strangers or ‘Pardesis’ – at a loss. If we know some Hindi or Hindustani (the pidgin or mixed version of Hindi, Urdu and some of the other Indian Languages) we might get by in many parts of the Country where the local Language is Hindi or its cousin or in other urban centers where some of the people are familiar with Hindi / Hindustani. But in other areas, mostly rural, we will again find our self at a loss.

Not only that we can’t communicate, except for a few commonly recognized words aided by sign language, but we also cannot read or make sense of the Milestones, Name Boards, Destination Boards on Buses, Direction Boards, Buildings etc and hence cannot know where to go, and to whom, for help and even when we do find someone we are unable to communicate, we are handicapped.

So, as it is no one’s stand that everyone should know all the languages of the Country and yet, as we do need to be able to at least communicate with one another, we need to find a solution to this


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It was an excellent eye opener for the improvements of the syllabus for the students in the country. We thoroughly enjoyed the orientation seminar given by you on various subjects.

Dear Jasper, Thanks for your comments. I enjoyed the interaction too and look forward to receiving the suggestions from all of you on what to include in the syllabus at various levels, to enable the student to function well in the social milieu of today. Best wishes... P.T.

Whether we like it or not, English or Inglish is emerging as the common Indian language and as the medium of modern Indian literature.Hindustani of the Army type is best suited for all military and paramilitary organizations. What is most importantm, however, is that every child shall have a right to learn its own language irrespective of the place of residence. Otherwise, it would be a stranger to its own cultural milieu

Thank You Sir for your comments. The only reason I have recommended a common script based on the 'Inglish' alphabet is that it would make it easier and more practical across all languages and for future career options both with in the Country and globally. If the official language is Hindustani instead of pure Hindi again it would make communication easier. None of this, in any way, precludes the learning of any particular language with its original script as may be desired by the parents of a child, as I still recommend a three language formula for education. In the old days Sanskrit as a spoken language was common but it was written in the script of the writer which could be any of the languages of India as they were all phonetic languages. Here I suggest that the script be common while the spoken languages may be different. I look forward to your comments on the other articles too. Best Wishes... P. T.

Sir, The article is really interesting. And i guess people have started considering 'Inglish' as our common language around. I was surprised to hear that china will have maximum English speaking population around the world by 2014 as they have understood the fact that their own language distinguishes them from rest of all countries. So the basic concept of the communication is that the common language has to be made "compulsory" rather than "option" around the country which will make us to come more closer to each other and form a stronger country.

Dear Gyan, Thanks for your review.More people should become aware of the advantages of better communications that arise from a common script and language even if it is a second language to the Mother tongue.P.T.

Tuhin I saw Sanskrit not Hindi is being Taught in English Alphabets (Roman Script). In India we should concentrate on English as compulsory along with mother tongue.Today we are little better than or equal to chinese in USA is due to this English advantage.Surely ENGLISH is gift given by Britishers.Your suggestion of teaching Hindi Should be in Roman script is well taken

Dear Dasari Sir, Thank you for your comments.My sugestion is that all Indian languages should use ONE script - Roman/ Inglish(Indian English - as there are more indians who speak english than the population of the U.K.) alphabet duly incorporating diacritical signs as deemed necessary( see Turkish). This will not only make it easy for people from other parts of the Country but also the World, to follow key sign-Boards etc. Teaching of local script, where it exists, could be taken up in special linguistic classes at a higher class. Best Wishes..Tuhin
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