Have you heard about the death or expiry of a language? Yes, it’s true! Languages can be entitled to an expiry or death. A Language is proclaimed dead, when it’s Last Speaker dies and this death is a slow one, wherein over a period of 100 years, no one is using it. Why are we talking about this, because close to home, our very own ‘Hindi’ Language may soon walk down this path. Isn’t the Prospect of this happening scary? Imagine a life without Hindi Bollywood movies and songs that we love so much.
But first, some facts about Hindi Language:
- Hindi is a direct descendant of an early Vedic Sanskrit script
- Hindi is 4th widely spoken language in the world, after Mandarin, Spanish and English.
- 322 million Hindi speakers and various related languages reported their language as ‘Hindi’ in the 2011 census
- Hindi is the sole working language of the Union Government with state governments being free to function in the language of their own choice.
- Article 351 of the Indian constitution states “It shall be the duty of the Union to promote the spread of the Hindi language”
The Language, so great and versatile, is on the way to become extinct. When was the last time you heard a science research or a medical conference being held in Hindi? Have you attended any business or government conference or meet which was purely conducted in Hindi? Chances are no one has, in the last 20 years or so.
In today’s India, English has taken a huge precedence over Hindi or any regional language for that matter. Infact, schools and offices insist on teaching, performing and hosting in English. If you don’t know how to Speak, Read or Write English, you may well forget that promotion too or let alone, getting even the Job.
Another sign of Hindi Language demise is the struggle we have trying to frame one good “hindi” sentence. Try finding the Hindi word of plumber, engineer, TV channel or even serial ( serial = dhara-vaa-hick in Hindi)
Besides Hindi TV, media, film and music industry, in all other places Hindi has taken a definitive setback, infact none of these channels even speak perfect “Hindi”. On the other hand, many words in other languages are occupying a permanent position in the Hindi dictionary in such a way that sometimes the actual Hindi words are lost.
If language is our Mother, then Hindi has certainly become the second preferred mother over English, and this her own sons are responsible for, then who can stop the slow demise of this Beautiful language?