In India, 43.5% of the population speaks Hindi. What is the problem in making Hindi as the national language of India?





Nagesh V

79% of Indian Population is Hindu.

Should we remove all other religions and convert everyone to Hinduism?

52% of Indian population is Male.

Should we kill all female population to make India the Male country?









More than 50% of the Indian celebrates New year.

Should we make January 1st the National festival?

On average, an Indian eats 5.5 kg of rice every month, as compared to around 4 kgs wheat.

Should we stop producing wheat and grow only rice as major portion of the people eat rice compared to wheat?





71% of Indian population is Non-vegetarian.

Should we ban vegetarian food in India because major portion of the people are non-vegetarians.

40% of Indian households owns a two wheeler compared to 15% of four wheeler.

Should we ban the production of 4 wheeler in India?





I know some of the points are as stupid as this question, sorry for that :P.

India is so different in each and every way. Be it a Language we speak, religion, food, culture etc. Even with so many differences we are united as Indians. So, let us try to maintain that unity instead of creating a divisive thoughts among people.






Hariharan Swaminathan

Let me provide a simple example from the Union Territory of Pondicherry (aka Puducherry). There are four enclaves (districts) that make up the UT of Puducherry.

The total population of Puducherry is about 12.5 lakhs, of which, the districts of Karaikal & Pondicherry make up to 92% of the population. These two districts speak Tamil predominantly, if not, absolutely.



Now, the other two districts - Mahe and Yanam account for 3.5% and 4.5% of the population of Puducherry, respectively and they speak Malayalam and Telugu, predominantly (read as absolutely).

现在,另外两个区- 马埃和亚南分别占朋迪榭里人口的3.5%和4.5%,他们主要讲马来亚拉姆语和泰卢固语。

The official languages of Mahe are Malayalam, English and French

The official languages of Yanam are Telugu, English and French.

That’s how things operate in a de ocracy, where, we do not automatically make people of Puducherry living in Mahe and Yanam to forcibly learn Tamil, because, 92% of Puducherians speak Tamil.

This is de ocracy: Govt. of Pondicherry - Electricity Department website (Screenshot below) has English, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam versions






This is imposition, hegemony, arrogance or whatever you may want to call it: The website of Central Govt. for National Informatics Centre (Screenshot) has just English and Hindi versions.






Raagul Nagarajan

I will give you an idea about what would happen when we have a lingua franca in a country like India.

You definitely heard about United Kingdom. One of the so-called super powers and the ones who ruled over India for a good part of two centuries.



Before they were UK, they were multiple kingdoms (duh… it's United “Kingdom” for a reason), each with its own specific language / dialect (Scotland - Scottish Gaelic, Ireland - Irish, Wales - Welsh). Now with UK being formed and English being termed their lingua franca, almost all the native languages have been obliterated. Less than 1% population can even speak their native language. Forget written.


This happens because, once there is a national language, and is considered part of your identity, you make very little effort to learn more languages. This is the power of convenience.

This is what a lingua franca does, when there are multiple language in exstence.

India should not have a common language. I will go as far as to say, India “cannot” have a common language.




Let's not destroy our diversity.

Now, proposing English as the link language, while on periphery sound lame, is a good idea for two reasons.



We will always know English is not anyway connected to our root. In fact there is an abhorance towards the language owing to the colonial history. So, even if we speak, it will never become part of our identity

Second, I paraphrase what a great Tamil Leader (C N Annadurai) once said, if you have to learn English anyway for connecting with international community, why not use it as the link language too. Sounds rational, doesn’t it


其次,我转述一位伟大的泰米尔领袖(C N 阿那度赖)曾经说过的话,如果你别无他选,必须学习英语来跟国际社会打交道,为什么不顺便把英语作为通用语呢?听起来挺合理的,不是吗?




Anbazhagan Ambrose

70% of India eats non-vegetarian. We can apply this same “43.5%” logic to this as well and make non-vegetarian food as national food of India too. Just saying.

Does national food sound dumb? Yes it does. So does a notional, sorry, national language.






SriTeja Jeedigunta

Ok listen. Hindi is a beautiful language and I absolutely have no problem Hindi being the national language of India.

My first language was Hindi and I partly grew up in Delhi. So I speak very fluent Hindi and I also happen to love the language.



Now pay attention to the following -

My mother tongue is Telugu. I was born in Hyderabad to a Telugu speaking family. I speak Telangana dialect with family and also the Andhra's godavari, Vijayanagaram, Prakasam and Chittor dialects inspired by several postings my dad had all over Andhra Pradesh.

However, I also speak very fluent Tamil. Because, I spent a good six years of my life in Tamilnadu, studying engineering for four years and began my career in IT and worked there for almost two years. I love Tamil. The language is like a beautiful old painting.




Here comes the interesting part now. I'm married to an Odia woman for last 8 years. I also speak decent Odia and understand the language completely. I love Odia language and Odia people.

At work, I speak English. I've been working for the last 13 years in IT and English is the usual mode of communication with the whole world. I also love the English language because its funny.

Now that I know a few languages, I can say the following -

I have no issues Hindi being the national language of India. I'd say, go for it and pass the bill.





Or, go ahead and make Odia the national language of India. While you are at it, think about the 10,000 year old Tamil language and 4000+ year old Telugu too.

But.. before national language topic was brought up by our founding fathers, they spoke of two key things the country was built on - DEMOCRACY & CONSTITUTION!

I’d give higher priority to those.

Democracy & our Constitution instills two key rights for every citizen of India - FREEDOM AND CHOICE!


但. .在我们的国父们提出国家语言这个话题之前,他们还谈到了国家所依赖的两个关键——皿煮和宪法!



so I’d say, install any language you like, as the national language. I love all Indian languages. They have an amazing history and they are beautiful.

But dont impose it on me.

Give me a choice. If I am interested, I'll learn.

I'll learn the language if it's required. I'll learn it if I find it beautiful.

But if you make it mandatory, then you are hurting the very principles our country was built on.

Freedom of speech. That's my fundamental right.






言 论自由。这是我的基本权利。




Harish Natarajan T

Number of crows in india is greater than number of peacock. But what is the national bird of india?

Number of dogs in india is greater than number of tigers. But what is the national animal of india?

Number of roadside hibiscus is greater than number of lotus flowers in india. But what is the national flower?




So National “Thing” of a country should have a specialty, prosperity, uniqueness and a greater connect with the country over years. Without any such specialty, only because it is spoken by a wider audience how can “Hindi" become a national language of india?!

Already Hindi is one of the official languages of india. Then what is the status attained by declaring it as a “National language" ?



USA doesn't even has English as an official or national language. Russian is the official language of “Russia” and not ‘National Language’. French and English are the official language of Canada and not “National Language". What is the concept of making a language as “National Language" and in what way does it makes profit to a country?!


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