Bureaucracy by Doublespeak:
To spread Hindi, the government is spending $2,100,000 this year.
The above link talks about Hindi imposition in 1965. As you can see,
In the southern Indian town of
A total of 5 individuals burnt themselves to death and 2 drank pesticide as protest against Hindi imposition. According to government records around 66 people died. The government records were burnt by the officials after Bhaktavatchalam, the then CM of TN ordered it. Ostensibly, to protect the officials from retaliations.
Retreat to English:
Last week 106 Congress Party M.P.s from
Force of Words:
At a Cabinet meeting, non-Hindi ministers backed the demand of Food Minister Chidambaram Subramaniam that English also be given statutory recognition as an official language. When they were voted down, Subramaniam and another minister resigned, shaking confidence in Shastri's leadership.
Subramaniam and O.V. Alagesan resigned from their ministerial positions.
Subramaniam (Agricultural Minister) along with Dr. Swaminathan (Indian Agricultural Research Insitute) and Sivaraman (Union Secretary of Agriculture) were responsible for the Green Revolution.
According to Borlaug, there was also an active role in this played by Siva Raman, then Union Secretary of Agriculture. "I used to call them 3 Ss Subramaniam, Swaminathan and Sivaraman," Borlaug said.
You can speak Tamil or English and yet be a good Indian, argued Anna. No, answered
But from time to time, the chauvinists of Hindi try to press their case. In his previous term as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav wrote a letter in his language to the Chief Minister of Kerala, E.K. Nayanar. Mr. Nayanar replied in his language. It was a brilliant riposte: for while Hindi was not widely spoken in Thiruvanthapuram, in