Bishwanath Singh: My comment could be seen on celebration of Hindi Diwas on the 14th of September on a very pertinent point raised by Sidharth Sharma & others to celebrate it as "Shradh Diwas".For view of my friends & well-wishers,I reproduce my comment here for their kind perusal.
Bishwanath Singh: Firstly, I would like to request you to correct that the 14th of September is celebrated in our country as Hindi Diwas(Hindi Day) not as Shradh Diwas. Shradh is performed after one’s death as per their family desire. It may be because of... various reasons that though Hindi is our national language has not taken its root in minds of our people though in North India leave aside West Be ngal ,Assam & nagaland usually speak in Hindi save & except South India where they too prefer to talk in their own dialects. who by and large prefer educating their children mostly in English medium schools as English is very well recognized as an International language-spoken & communicated in most of foreign countries. None can deny that our national language Hindi should not be popularized.
Indian culture is very old and acknowledged widely the best because of its inherent qualities. Lack of awareness and drifting way from our moral and ethical values have lead us to drift away and switched over to what we call western culture. The culture of India has been shaped not only by its long history, unique geography and diverse demography, but also by its ancient heritages. Indian culture were formed during the Indus Valley Civilization and evolved further during the Vedic age, rise and decline of Buddhism, the Golden age, invasions from Central Asia, European colonization and the rise of Indian nationalism. The languages, religions, dance, music, architecture and its customs differ from place to place within the country, but nevertheless possess a commonality. The culture of India is an amalgamation of diverse sub-cultures spread all over the country and traditions that are several millennia old. The family plays a big role in the Indian culture. India for ages has had a prevailing tradition of the joint family system. It’s a system under which even extended members of a family like one’s parents, children, the children’s spouses and their offspring, etc. live together. The elder-most, usually the male member is the head in the joint Indian family system who makes all important decisions and rules, whereas other family members abide by it. English is a West Germanic language that arose in England & South-Eastern Scotland in the time of the Anglo-Saxons. Following the economic, political, military, scientific, cultural, and colonial influence of Great Britain and the United Kingdom from the eighteenth century, and of the United States since the mid of twentieth century, it has been widely dispersed around the world and became the leading language of international discourse, and has acquired use as lingua franca in many regions. It is widely learned as a second language and used as an official language of the European Union and many Commonwealth countries, as well as in many world organizations. It is the third most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Modern English had developed with the Great Vowel Shift that began in 15th-century England, and continues to adopt foreign words from a variety of languages, as well as coining new words. A significant number of English words, especially technical words, have been constructed based on roots from Latin and Greek. Unless, Hindi is well popularized and we have cheap publications of our epics etc.,chances of adequate progress continues to remain grim. It is not appropriate time for mere slogan raising rather opportune moment to revive our own Indian culture that have been very rich in the past by bringing mass awareness amongst people and educating them properly. I had laid emphasis even in the past and firmly repeat now on cheap publications of Ved, Puran, Upnishad ,Ramayan, ,Bhagwat Geeta ,Shrimad Bhagwatam and other holy books in Hindi so that every body can read them and emulate their teachings in their life. I hope, many will bear me that because of heavy prices, most of people what to talk of reading of Ved , Puran, Upnishads etc –our holy epics, large percentage of people have not even seen them that presents a very gloomy picture of our national language. Let us hope that our eminent writers, journalists & prominent political leaders will sit across a round table and formulate ways and means on that auspicious day as how best Hindii could be popularized amongst commoners One must be clear in his/her thoughts that a language can’t be thrust upon on any body who is not willing to read & write. So, the question of motivation arises that our Union Govt. of India & all State Govt. can take up under time bound program and on expiry of period, the whole progress could be evaluated and analyzed sincerely by an independent agency other than those who are on implementation work. Let us not take a very sadistic view of the entire situation prevailing now rather keep this issue alive on many other different forums to force our policy makers at apex level to find their remedial measures and implement them truthfully!