By quietly expanding the role of Hindi in government, Narendra Modi is playing with fire


Quartz reports:
The Narendra Modi government is quietly expanding the role of Hindi in politics and governance, ostensibly to end the dominance of the English language. On March 31, president Pranab Mukherjee accepted a number of language-related recommendations (pdf), including one that asks all dignitaries-ministers and the president himself included-to give speeches in Hindi alone. Another suggestion accepted was to make it compulsory for central government offices to purchase Hindi newspapers and magazines. While the president rejected a suggestion to fix a minimum level of Hindi knowledge to get government jobs, as well as the mandatory use of the language for correspondence in public shareholding companies, he did accept most of the 117 recommendations.
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