Only the other day I wrote in my post English,winglish,hinglish or no English at all about how there are several twists added to different languages including English with a ridicule to the very language concerned. There are people who have a sort of deep rooted prejudices against a particular language, say in the instant case English. Long back a group of fanatics organised an anti English day in Kanpur. They took out a rally through the streets of the city which culminated into burning a very large number of English books in front of the local Christ Church College. A team of processionists called on me in my office seeking my help for the campaign they so launched. They gave several arguments in support of their movement justifying to their best the need for abandoning English in favour of Hindi, the mother language as they called it, emphasising their point that unless English is abolished, Hindi can’t survive. My question to them was that why a language can’t survive at its own without doing away with the other language. Their reply was ‘Sir, Hindi is our mother tongue and it continues to remain incapacitated so long English is not altogether abolished in our country India’. The talks continued for nearly more than half an hour. I was talking to them in only Hindi whereas they spoke to me using more words of English than Hindi, it was actually Hinglish they used to convey their logic. To conclude the talks, I told them again in straight Hindi only –“Look, you people in fact have no right to continue your campaign for the simple reason that you yourself are just unable to talk in Hindi without depending on English with the result that you are only expressing yourselves in a mixed language, a combination of both English and Hindi. Your handicap is that your proficiency is lacking in any particular language, be it Hindi or be it English or else it could be any other language. If you are an honest Hindi supporter, practice it yourselves first in a manner that it develops a capacity to supersede English locally at least without attempting to do so only at its cost. Mind you, I am a fan of English but I have been talking to you all this time in Hindi only, since I know Hindi, without any mixture of words from English, as I have a conviction that one should use one language at a time. You promote Hindi, I am fully with you; if your campaign is to do it at the cost of some other language, say like English, I am sorry, rather I am just opposed to such an approach”. This was the end point of the meeting and they went back disappointed. There is another reason also for this sort of approach. Those, who are not quite conversant in English, which list includes several VIPs, or are miserably weak in it, are the ones to use this Hindi tool to give a cover to their handicap.
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