Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Unravelling the Myths - III

5)Hindi is a dominant language and it makes sense to learn it

What do you mean by dominant language? Numbers??

If numbers mean superiority, then the people of the world will be learning “Chinese/Mandarin” and not English. Also, India would have come second in the Olympics.

Hindi in Devanagari script is ONE of the Official Languages in India along with 20 or so other languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, English etc.

Specifically, Hindi in devanagari script is the Official language along with English in the central government and is also use by a few states and union territories. Out of the 28 states and 7 UTs, 10 States and 3 UTs use Hindi as one of the Official Languages. This still leaves the majority (18 states, 4 UTs) beyond their ambit.


1)Official language of India/TN/Pondicherry
2) Classical language
3) Official language of Singapore
4) official language of Sri Lanka
5) constitutionally recognized by the government of South Africa.

6) Hindi helps the economy.

Tamil Nadu’s contribution to the Indian economy:

Cars – 21 %

Heavy Commercial Vehicles – 33%

Auto Components – 35%

Railway Coaches – 49%

Cotton Yarn – 32%

Leather Tanning Industry – 70%

Software -14%

Power Driven Pumps – 50 %

Its comes third in terms of FDI investments after Maharashtra and Delhi region.

TN has achieved this without Hindi. I am NOT going to elaborate much on the BIMARU (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh; including Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal) states. They have not shown any remarkable progress with Hindi. It basically means, Hindi does NOT influence the market.

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