The Instigator
ilma
Pro (for)
Tied
0 Points
The Contender
kissmyreBUTTal
Con (against)
Tied
0 Points

hindi shall be made the official language of india.

Do you like this debate?NoYes+1
Add this debate to Google Add this debate to Delicious Add this debate to FaceBook Add this debate to Digg  
Post Voting Period
The voting period for this debate has ended.
after 0 votes the winner is...
It's a Tie!
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/11/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 6,754 times Debate No: 36579
Debate Rounds (3)
Comments (3)
Votes (0)

 

ilma

Pro

hindi shall be made the official language of india because 80% of the citizens of india are from agricultural background and mostly resides in villages where hindi is spoken and understood.
by making any other language or english as the official language of india, we ourselves are making the language hindi inferior to another language.
the main reason why hindi is to be chosen as to be the official language is not because it is commonly spoken but because it has a connection with indian history
kissmyreBUTTal

Con

India has NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE.
We as Indians take pride in our unity in diversity and the biggest diversity in our nation is language. So by declaring Hindi to be an official language we undermine what distinctly makes us stand out.
Secondly by declaring Hindi as the official language we are undermining languages like Tamil and Marathi which are extremely widespread too. Now if we declare hindi as official a person who speaks tamil would be forced to learn hindi. Now if he lives in southern india he,within his family obviously speaks tamil since it is his native language, then this is the language he is primarily taught in school along with english so adding hindi makes hindi irrelevant since he would never need to use it. If he goes on to work in a national or multi national company, English would become the primary language then again making his knowledge of hindi irrelevant.
India doesnt need an official language. English and hindi along with the other regional languages work perfectly. Whichever region one enters, the language of that region takes centrestage and at the centre Hindi and english remain the most used languages as we,for one, teach english in schools from a young age and hindi is the majority language.
Debate Round No. 1
ilma

Pro

Everybody will agree that if we want our country to prosper, the common man should get the chance to prosper and for this we have to ensure his education. people had realized that english is not the language of the common man and it would never be.
some people use english in our country on the pretext of equality and globalization...i want to ask them a question..would you like to appoint a foreigner as prime minister because he would be equally foriegn to all of us...???
further if english had been a global language there would have been only english in the united nations instead of 6 languages(arabic,chinese,french,russian and spanish).
in our country we have to create an environment where everyone gets the opportunity of getting education in his/her native language, which brings self respect as well.
while talking about the cultural alignment, you must first consider a few statistics. hindi is spoken by over 337 million people or by about one third of india's population and learned as a second language by many more...
just because few people cannot speak hindi(in context to the tamils and marathis) you want english to be the official language, but the fact is there are more number of people in india who even cant speak english.
by removing hindi as the official language of india we would be destroying our culture, our sanskriti..which probably the whole world respects.........
kissmyreBUTTal

Con

I never said that that English should be the official language. Also Hindi cannot be "removed" as Hindi IS NOT the national language as yet.
I would like to thank the proposition for making my point by saying that the United Nations doesn't have English as the official language alone. Similarly it would be unwise to have Hindi alone as an official Language of India. If India needs an official language it shall have to include all significant languages. Or, in my opinion India doesn't need an "official language".

Also by saying that Tamil and Marathi speaking people are in the minority and we don't need to take them into consideration we are undermining the very basic diversity of India. For the same reason that United Nations has Arabic and Chinese and Spanish as official languages as apart from English these are the largely prevalent languages in the world.
The same model applies to India. While Hindi undoubtedly is the language spoken the most, Tamil and Marathi and various other languages are significantly prevalent in India too.

Say, tomorrow, Marathi speaking population becomes the "majority" and they decide to make Marathi as the official language of India. Now as a Hindi speaking Indian is it not unfair to have another language imposed upon us?
At the same time if you neglect us completely it would again be unfair as we are a voting tax paying significant population of India.
Being the majority can never mean being superior and while I,myself am a hindi speaking citizen of India making one particular language the "official language" of the country makes absolutely no sense.
Debate Round No. 2
ilma

Pro

neither the constitution nor any Indian law defines any national language of India.this was affirmed by the Gujarat high court in 2010. article 343 of the constitution of India specifies that the official language of India is Hindi with English as an additional language for any official work or international affairs.
about business , do you know that china , a country whose economy is growing rapidly, most of the people there speak Chinese. instead of they themselves learning English, they hire a translator to take care of the international affairs.
Japan. the number one in technology carried out all its government jobs on paper even after the advent of the computers.they adopted computers for government routine only after a programme was developed to identify Japanese script in the computers.
as far as the international medium of communication and exchange is concerned, people worldwide started learning languages like Spanish, French , German etc. this is due to the fact that these countries didn't give up their local language but instead developed themselves and made the whole world accept the values of their language.
but here in india there are many lot of people that think adoption of foreign language would accelerate the progress. instead we could focus on creating values for our own national language and let the whole world adopt ours...
as you said that several languages should be introduced like there in united nations, i would like you to remind that india is still not a 100% literate country.when the common language that is , hindi is not accessible to many parts of the country then how can you ensure to say that along with hindi several other languages must be introduced. even till now in indiaa after 66 years of independence there are many parts in the country where education is almost nil maybe due to the difference in girls and boys and even due to poverty.the government schemes are there but to them literacy means only that if a person can read and write his name and nothing else..
the educated masses are bluffing with these people..
according to me till the beggars and the labourers will not start conversing in english , till then hindi should be taken as well as considered the official language of india.
kissmyreBUTTal

Con

okay 1) you make no sense and are inconsistent with your argument
2) i never said languages should be introduced or something of that sort you have serious comprehension issues.

Bottom line is. Yes i agree India has no national language. And i support it thoroughly. india cannot have a national or official language due to its diversity.
All other countries have uniformity of language and hence their system of one official language works and even then they take into account of immigrants and their languages.
We in India have more than 300 languages and about 10 major languages one of which is hindi and though i agree hindi is the majority language still it doesnt mean it is likely to be declared the official language.
just because majority play cricket, has cricket been declared national sport? NO. just because the majority of animals in india are dogs and cows are they the national animal of India? NO. just because we see crows the most are they the national bird of india? NO.
Hence just because Hindi is the language spoken the most does not mean it can be the NATIONAL LANGUAGE. A tamilian has ever right to use tamil as his first language as we have to use hindi. so we cannot impose hindi on people who dont speak hindi or who dont have hindi as their mother tongue.
what would be the difference between britishers and us. When GBR ruled us they imposed their wishes on us and here again today you are talking of declaring hindi as the official language of india and thereby imposing it on people who havent even said one hindi word in their entire life. You cant teach hindi to every single non hindi speaking person its impractical. and people have no reason to learn.
The motion stands void.
Debate Round No. 3
3 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 3 records.
Posted by santhoshgovind 3 years ago
santhoshgovind
Its a great debate. Congratulations both of you! Here is a cool video about this topic -
Posted by ilma 3 years ago
ilma
thank you @sunosunao
Posted by sunosunao 3 years ago
sunosunao
Thanks for sharing a nice debate , I would like to share for those who really like or want to learn Hindi for their personal growth a source to learn Hindi at SunoSunao online Hindi learning Site
No votes have been placed for this debate.