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Linguistic Monopoly?

As the state promotes the predominant use of Hindi, there is a danger of India slowly becoming a one-language nation sans a multilingual and federal identity.

For about five years we had encouraged Mangala, our domestic help, to open a bank account in a local public sector bank (PSB) to which we could regularly credit her monthly salary. One day, on returning home from the bank branch, she said, “Anna, I could not send the money to Dileep (her son) at Chikmagalur today. The application form for money transfer is in Hindi and English. I could not fill it up. The bank staff would not fill it up either. What shall I do?” Mangala knows neither our rajbhasha (Hindi) nor English.

The other day, when I visited a branch of another PSB, out of curiosity I glanced through the many instructions printed in the passbook. Everything was in Hindi and English. Kannada literally did not exist.

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