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1) The idea of making Hindi a common language of the country still remains” Critically examine the evolution of Hindi and its role as the official language of the country. (250 words)

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary; Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

1) The idea of making Hindi a common language of the country still remains” Critically examine the evolution of Hindi and its role as the official language of the country. (250 words)

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Indian polity by Lakshmikant

Why this question:

The recent controversies of making Hindi the national language has led to a plethora of talks and speculations and a sense of intolerance in the non-Hindi speaking population of the country.

Key demand of the question:

The answer should explain the relevance of Hindi as commonly spoken language in the country and its evolution to making it the official language.

Directive:

Critically examineWhen asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief discuss the context of the recent controversies around the national language.

Body:

Discuss that India is a multilingual country and the states were created demarcating areas having common language. Our constitution also does not identify any language as national language.

 However considering the multilingual characteristic of India it is important to have one language as an official and link language for administrative purpose.

Issue of language came up twice after independence. 

Explain the origin of official language; relevance of Hindi to it.

Discuss the possible pros and cons and emphasize on the plurality of languages in the country.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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