By RK Sinha
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, an MP from DMK party and daughter of Karunanidhi seizing every moment of hindi protest, always hunting for an opportunity to show her anti Hindi mindset for cheap political gains. But ordinary or specials everyone speaking tamil and all south Indian languages is now accepting hindi by heart and mind. They believe that having a general knowledge of hindi language will be in their self-interest. It is rather true that even being a non-Hindi speaker they are doing a great service to Hindi language at their level. They hardly think of and desire of receiving an award for a Hindi sevi for such service.
Let’s talk about Shiv Nadar. Tamil born chairman of HCL technology, Shiv Nadar, says, hindi helps a person to excel in his career. Few days ago, he was speaking at the ceremony in his old St. Joseph’s School. He is now counted among the most successful industrialists of the country and his company is employing lakhs of professionals. The stand of such a great personality on hindi and his statement in favour of it cannot be considered an ordinary action .
It is worth mentioning that lakhs of tamil speakers dwell in Delhi and other areas Hindi speaking areas of India. They travelled and spread hunting for jobs in different parts of india including the capital, Delhi. They established schools in the capital with name Delhi Tamil Education Association(DTI). Talking about hindi teachers in these schools, they all are Tamil speaking. They earn the degree of graduation and post graduation through chennai based ‘Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha ‘and become teachers of Hindi. By this way their relationship with hindi is established for lifelong. A few days ago, I met a hindi tamil speaking teacher at Delhi. She was very well studied Tulsi, Kabir Nirala, Premchand, Jaishankar Prasad and others with full devotion.She learnt Hindi because she was a part of the classes which were run by chennai based Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha.
The reality is that, the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha has played an important role in spreading and promoting Hindi language in Southern India. The teachers are contributing significantly in promoting Hindi in Southern States of the country and many other countries where they require Hindi to be taught in English medium schools. Who would tell Kanimozhi that chennai based Hindi Prachar Sabha teaches Hindi lovers to read and write Hindi language all over the world. The Hindi teachers of Tamilian origin are the true adorer of the language. The foundation stone of Hindi Prachar Andolan was laid in Madras in 1918. In the same year, Madras office of Hindi Sahitya Sammelan was established which later changed into Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha. At present all the four South indian states are blessed with prestigious research institutes of this Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha and a large number of people of south Indian origin get qualified in Hindi from these institutes and serve Hindi language mostly in southern states or other parts of India or abroad. Few years ago, I was in Bali island of Indonesia . There I was invited at a ceremony related to Hindi literature. A big crowd almost all Hindi lovers, specially Hindi teachers and students present there were Tamilian,Malayali or Telagu speaking . Most of the hindi teachers employed in foreign land are of south indian origins only.The reason behind this is, they have also know hindi with the help of English and that help them communicate better with foreign students and to teach Hindi in foreign country.
Kanimozhi might be knowing that the former CM of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalitha also acted in a Hindi picture named izzat. Dharmendra was casted as Hero opposite her. Similarly, viewers of Hindi films are knowing Maniratnam very well who is a famous film producer-director of Tamil origin. He is well renowned film producer of Tamil and Hindi language. The artist felt themselves fortunate when they are offered films of Maniratnam. He gave movies like Roza(1992), Bombay(1995), Dil se (1998) which were fully based on terrorism. Hindi cinema is loved across India and throughout the world. Tamil superstars like Kamal Haasan, Rajnikanth and others also took part in Hindi cinema for increasing their popularity. Vaijanti Mala, Hema Malini and Rekha are also Tamil by origin.
The list of one composed of people who are excited of hindi diwas include many south Indian people. Bhaskar Rammurti a hindi poet of Tamil origin also find a place in the list. He has dwelled in corporate world of Delhi and Mumbai. Bhaskar Rammurti was saying that he was in Tamil school of the capital in the decade of 1960. At the same phase the protest against the Hindi was also going on in Tamil Nadu. But in his school children were studying hindi happily. This is also continuing today. A teacher named Thirunengdam taught Tamil students hindi who came to delhi in early phases. By virtue of his classes and his contribution towards Hindi, many students who attended his classes of Tamil school of Delhi, regularly became master in the language and get connected with Hindi. Why do the system lacked in awarding and praising such adorers of hindi? Hindi lovers should also be thankful towards the foreign hindi adorers also. Here it is relevant to mention professor Ronald Stuart mcGregor. He taught Hindi in cambridge University from 1964 to 1997. He was a premier linguist, scholar of grammar, translator and historian of Hindi language.
Hindi will get desired development when people who do not have Hindi as their native language like McGregor,start learning Hindi. He is British by origin. He has done a deep research on Acharya Ramchandra Shukla. He has composed two part on history of Hindi language. Another noteworthy person is Professor Chiang Ching-Kuo. He devoted his entire life to spread and promote Hindi In china. He teaches Hindi in Peiching University.
Actually, there is a polluted and mean politics behind anti Hindi agenda. Now it has been understood by Tamils also that they will not get a better job opportunity at all India level if they still continue to refrain themselves from Hindi. That’s why the youth of Tamil Nadu or other south Indian states are interested to learn Hindi. It is true that after comparing protest against hindi of 1960s to the India of 2020 one can easily conclude that the protest has almost ended. Now anti Hindi campaign is just a political propganda in South India.
Movies of North Indian actors like Ayushman Khurana, Ranveer Singh, Aamir khan and Salman Khan are well recieved in south India also where so-called anti Hindi campaign is going on. It can easily be ascertained the reality of anti Hindi protest. The protestors should keep in their mind, no one is imposing any language to anyone.Every Indian respect the mother tongue of others. Then why is protest going on against Hindi? Why are some hindi speakers are killed in some states? Hindi is also a language of this land. It is believed to be mother tongue by crores of people. It is wrong to unnecessarily disrespect Hindi.
Every Hindi speaker should also pledge on this Hindi diwas that they will also learn a language of other non Hindi speaking areas. This will strengthen the country further. Ultimately, every language has emerged from sanskrit language. Then why there is protest against each other?
(Writer is senior editor, columnist and Former MP)