Friday, 24 March 2017

Letters 


Branding Hindi as national language

Sir,

Despite being home to people of innumerable linguistic vintage, vested interests work all-out to make India and Hindi synonymous. As if branding Hindi as the "national language"(despite no such provision in the Constitution) by ignoring Gujarat High Court's series of rulings against such manufactured status is not enough, the language of the cow-belt gets barbarically imposed upon this multi-lingual heterogeneous land at the expense of the indigenous languages in various provinces. Despite the presence of various film industries churning out quality films in Manipuri to Konkani, Bengali to Marathi, Punjabi to Malayalam; one and only Hindi films, of philistine Bollywood vintage, get the cake right from Central patronage, international publicity to national awards!

Now the euphoria over the results of the recent Assembly elections in five Indian states once again prove that in the biased eyes of Who's Who of the BJP to media to the "pundits" --- "Hindi is India"!

Yes, BJP holds every authority to rejoice over its magnificent victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The media also will naturally allot extensive newsprint and bytes over it. But by which yardstick can the results in the two Hindi-speaking states be projected as a referendum in favour of Narendra Modi and the Central Government? When BJP had got drastically vanquished in the Assembly elections of Delhi and Bihar, BJP and its blind supporters in the media had defined it as "local matter" bearing no relation with Modi or NDA Government at the Centre. But when two Hindi-speaking states overwhelmingly vote for BJP, promptly it gets dubbed as a "mandate in favour of Modi and NDA"! What a classical case of "Head I Win, Tail You Lose" syndrome!

Even if it gets granted that Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand results point to the "invincibility" of Modi and NDA policies; then why have the wheels of their "victory chariot" got broken up in Punjab, Goa and Manipur? If Congress has succumbed in the two Hindi-speaking states, it is the turn of BJP to finish behind Congress in rest of the three states with the result in Punjab as a tight slap in its face. Running a coalition Government with SAD to mere 18 seats out of 117, with the much-maligned Congress bagging 77! What a disaster! Though loss in Goa was not that massive in numerical terms, still it is an absolute moral-defeat for BJP as the party was leading the Government and again it has finished a poor second to Congress. Again it is the Congress which has fared better than BJP in Manipur in numerical terms.

Inspite of such unfavourable verdict in Punjab, Goa and Manipur; these results are being cleverly swept under the carpet of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand victories which again reflect the pro-Hindi bias of BJP and the media which is extremely unfortunate.

In the nutshell, it can be concluded that technically BJP has won 2 and lost 3. And all three losses are against none other than their bete-noire Congress and in 2 of these states, BJP was enjoying power which makes their loss more disgraceful. So if Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand victories get dubbed as "mandate in favour of Modi and NDA"; then results in Punjab and Goa should serve as "referendum against Modi and his regime"!

However if neutrality is allowed to win the day, then one and only Manipur has served the nation a surprise. BJP has won Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand previously. It had fared very well in those two states in 2014 Lok Sabha polls too. Not to forget that anti-incumbency factor was also at play. So there exists no element of surprise in it. But bagging as many as 21 seats in Manipur(from zero in 2012), that too by fighting against the incumbent Congress, is indeed a major achievement of BJP. Yes, victories in Assembly elections in two states hold no bearing with performance at the Centre. Losses in elections in two states where the party was in power call for a serious introspection for BJP units in Goa and Punjab. Far from ensuring a "Congress-mukt" Bharat, it is Modi's BJP which has finished behind Congress in as many as 3 states! So if BJP and its patrons desire to genuinely rejoice upon any concrete platform, then it gets provided by the Manipur results only.

Thanking You.

Yours faithfully,

KAJAL CHATTERJEE

D-2/403 PEERLESS NAGAR

KOLKATA-114.

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