Friday, March 24, 2023

Imposition of Hindi will divide us: NLSF

Reacting to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent statement that eight North East states have agreed to make Hindi compulsory in schools up to Class X, Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) said that imposition of Hindi language on all Indians “will only divide us”.
NLSF president T Tohuka Achumi and finance secretary Ramdihei Hegwang stated that Hindi was an official language but not national language. NLSF pointed out that the Constitution of India has not given the status of national language to any language.
The federation further pointed out that the eight schedule of Indian Constitution has listed 22 languages, which have been referred to as Schedule language and given recognition, status and official encouragement.
Stating that India, world’s largest democracy, was a nation of unity in diversity, NLSF said the government giving importance to only one language would break that unity in diversity. It also stated that imposition of any language over the people with diverse languages would only kill the spirit of democracy that “unify us as a nation despite many differences.”
NLSF has, therefore, appealed to the state government to clarify on the matter. NLSF maintained that such decision must be taken considering the grassroots level of the society. The federation stated that students would bear the brunt of Hindi imposition and not those at the top who decide on such policy.
Asserting it was not against any official language of India, the NLSF, however, affirmed to always stand firm against imposition of one language over the people.
Therefore, the NLSF has urged upon the state government to oppose such imposition or reconsider if such a decision was taken. NLSF also appealed to all the organization to come out strongly against the decision.


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