The newly formed NDA government has been giving more emphasis on the usage of in Hindi in official communication. Hindi is good, we speak the language at home. We have studied Hindi upto secondary level and also read Sanskrit. However, I have mostly communicated in English while discharging my duties with the central government and on ships. Hindi and English are India’s two official languages for federal government business, although India’s constitution recognises a total of 22 languages.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in Hindi and used interpreters in meetings with South Asian leaders last month, and addressed the Bhutanese parliament in Hindi during his first official overseas trip last week. Price rise cannot be controlled by using Hindi as medium of instruction. Water scarcity and power crisis cannot be resolved by communicating in Hindi. But it does not mean that we should not work in Hindi silently without publicizing it.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh had demanded a ban on the usage of English language in parliament. He was in favour of promoting Hindi language. However, he sent his son Akhilesh Yadav to Australia because perhaps he thought that Australians spoke better Hindi than Indians.
The government wants to abolish the planning commission which would be a major step in the process of downsizing. India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had set up the Planning Commission. You can cut its size to half and reduce the budgetary allocations and hire competent professionals instead of mere wage earners. We had one member sporting chin beard who was the Vice Chancellor of a university but later he had served the Planning Commission. What will he achieve here that he could not accomplish as a VC. Experienced persons must be hired in Planning Commission instead of merely winding it up. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan wants to offer training to newly inducted MPs. They should gain experience by working with the Planning Commission and later join the concerned ministry and ask relevant questions in during parliament sessions. Planning Commission is an institution where you can learn and enhance your knowledge which can be used for the development of the nation.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti had taken oath in Sanskrit but this language can be better spoken by a tenth class girl. So please stop the showoff and start working sincerely.