Hindi Head Out

Do you feel? Is ignoring by Indian while country’s language is the root of the nation helping to represent their culture and tradition—blogger Dhruv Singh who blogs at https://kalprerana.blogspot.in/

Excuse me… who the F***k says that hindi represents India? It does not.

How does Hindi represent the Tulu culture can you tell me.. please? Why am I being forced to learn the language?

I go to the Canara Bank at Santa Cruz Goa… which is a small village, the village consists of Konkani, Portuguese and Kannada population. The bank staff have replaced and majority of the staff are from the Hindi-belt there are two staff members who have been here for at least two years, they have got the rest of the staff to speak hindi… the customers struggle and communicate in hindi, this person sprawls on his chair and is conversing to the Canara bank person in Mathura — to the day they do not speak a word of Konkani — would the when people cross the vindhyas not only are they asked to speak hindi but to speak whatever the dialect.

I walk into corporation bank at Manipal again it is a Konkani, Tulu and Kannada terrain, the manager Mr.Patni has been there for two years, there are only two out of the dozen staff who are cowbelters yet the entire bank speaks broken Hindi to accommodate them, while these uncouth slobs cannot learn a word of Kannada, Tulu or Konkani. This to me is arrogance. I now understand why people want to shift to post office account or a bank like HDFC where at least English is spoken, so we do not have to put up with rude Hindi person.

Would the canara or corporation bank dare put an employee who cannot speak Hindi to the Hindi belt?

Telecallers, not only call you at odd hours, but they rattle of in Hindi without having the damn courtesy of finding out if we know the language. When you ask them to slow down or repeat, or ask them to speak a language you can understand they use obscenity, this is the great Hindi culture that you are talking about. The call centre person at for Ola Cabs in Bangalore, which by the way is the capital of the Kannada country, says she cannot understand Kannada, so this caller who wanted an car should speak to her in Hindi because this great woman has come from the north. Oh! Yes, the call centre connect to the ambulance had the same problem.

I remember the early congress slogans would be in Tulu, today everything is in Hindi, when Hindi enters the arena it is like a weed liking the local language, with the local language dies the history and the ethnic identity, instead of celebrating Onam, we are wished happy vamana jayanthi, instead of woman letting their hair loose with jasmine strings, we have women covering their head. Over than a hue and cry is made of Hijaab.

Look at any Hindi movie the south Indian woman is shown as loud, crass the worst one is the one by Rohit Shetty not only does he portray the south as uncouth, with ugly men and loud garish women is absolutely maddening.

Talk to taxi drivers of Goa, they do not want a customer from UP-Delhi because they never pay the fare they always underpay.

With the advent of Konkani Railway the Wednesday train that arrives from Bihar-UP brings in the migrant male worker who is so steeped in his Hindi culture, they have infiltrated into every class 4 employment, they join in on temporary basis, again their inability to speak anything else has holds the coastal community to ransom we are forced to learn Hindi, with the Hindi-man comes his mentality independent woman to him is someone, who he can make lewd comments on, he thinks they are prowling for attention from men, it is sickening.

With star and zee networks entering regional channels, we are forced to watch the vernacular translations of Hindi serials, these translations are bad, the values and ethos do not belong to the vernacular culture, and issues are not relevant. Which is why many of us subscribe to online channels on YouTube, whenever I give a public talk on media awareness, I bring it to people’s notice and tell them where the alternates are available.

At the end of the day Mr. Singh Hindi is as alien to me as English, I choose English over Hindi as it is a language that my grandparents taught me, they did not teach me Hindi, I learnt Tulu, Konkani, Tamil Kannada and English by the way I do speak Hindi, I have read enough of Hindi authors right from Tulsidas to Bacchan, Nirala, and MaithaliSharan Gupta, but if you demand I speak Hindi I do not. And once again HINDI IS NOT THE CULTURE OF THE COUNTRY, IT IS NOT THE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY, it is Language spoken by a minority population of Majority non Hindi speaking population, Hindi can go Up…the…okay I shall curb the spontaneous word comes and up the pole.


I am angry so I refuse to apologize for either my thoughts or my language,

Hindi Diwas

image courtsey internet
image courtsey internet

This is the ultimate insult to me as an Indian… I am not Hindi I am a respectable south Indian who can speak all the five southern languages, in addition to HINDI for this day is a declaration that my language and my people are still under threat.

Of course I find the label Indian in itself rather ill-fitting.

the other day, I was at Taleigao market, buying Haldi cha paan for patoli, one young something came up and asked the vendor “yeh kattal kitne ke ” now the vendor did not understand what kattal was, and what this person was holding was a neerphanas.

The bus conductors at vasco for a while have been Bhaiyya-landers.

Every employee of Hyatt Bamboli is a north Indian and does not speak either Konkani or English.

The most recent is the courier boy from Tej courier who refused to speak anything other than Hindi so giving him directions to my house was next to impossible.

I walk into Corporation bank Manipal and an employee who has been in Manipal for 5yrs, has his colleagues speak broken Hindi to him, while the gentleman does not speak either Kannada or English.

The telecallers that give you those sales talk I know it is immaterial but they rattle off in Hindi. This becomes a nuisance when we want some information.  When these telecallers call ask them to speak Konkani or English… they blank out. The same happened in Karnataka when I told them speak Kannada or English the call was dropped. But in Andhra or Tamil nadu the same telecaller will not dare speak in any language other than Telgu or Tamil.

This is imposing of the language.

Ever since BJP has taken over the number of hoardings in Hindi have increased. Why can’t we have hoardings in Konkani? Have it in roman and devanagri  why fight over things.

At a debate that was vibrant Mr.Frederick Norohna has the point straight the threat is not from English or Portuguese, it is from Hindi. I really cannot see why the Gomata-kannada population is embarrassed to speak their language. I do not see any difference in this particular matter when it comes to Konkan- Karavali. Just check out how fanatic Maharashtrian are about their language

When a language is not spoken it dies, with it dies the history, the science and the collective knowledge of that community.  with the advent of CBSE the kids don’t learn regional history, we are only taught Moghal, Rajputs and their struggle for power, the regional history goes untold. The children learn of authors and the scanty intellectuals of cowbelt, Rabindranath Tagore is heralded but how many Goan kids know about Abe Faria or even the achievements of Dada Vaidya? The fact that the southern states, just let the invaders be, they could foucs on education and other things, which why literacy and  education is more in the south. History does not acknowledge it, we are only ridiculed for not fighting the invaders.

Take a walk along Chogum road where wellness canters and health vendors are present, the owners are all Hindi speaking and they have anyone working for them speak Hindi.  I know of two girls who were born in goa, they studied in Sharada mandir, one of them even took a merit seat in GMC but cannot speak a word of either Konkani or Marathi.  The justification is “Hindi rashtrabasha hai.”

Revolt against this stifling imposition of Hindi has manifested on august 15th and its epicentre is interestingly the capital city of placid Karnataka. I remember when at school Advani had come down for his campaign and he was specifically told not to speak Hindi, he did, saying it was the rashtrabasha hence the matrabhasha of the country… they lost Udupi, Mangalore to congress.

Ever since BJP has come to power everything is Hindi centric, every public building named after an illuminate from the cowbelt RSS cadre. The prime minister speaks only in Hindi, if he were to speak gujrathi I would still accept it, I would probably ask Mrs.Pandya to translate it for me.

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If this is not imposing what is? image courtesy google

Non Hindi speaking states form a larger population as compared to Hindi speaking states. Government institutions insist on a Hindi Diwas, how about ensuring that migrants of all socio-economic levels learn the state language before relocating?

May be we can decree that Cow-belters who dwell in non-hindi speaking areas will not speak Hindi for the entire day, but will converse only in the state language.

This should not be an issue with the language translating apps that are available today.

the speaker

every speaker has three speechs on hand one that he prepared, the one he delivered and one that he wished he had delivered.

How do I feel about public speaking?
The first time I participated in a speech contest, it was a story telling contest, and I managed to rattle it. I was in second standard then.
Then came a long a break, till standard ten, when our English teacher Mrs.Elivira D’souza had a Saturday activity class, one activity was delivering a speech, she used to have our science teacher Mrs.Indira Rao as the judge, me along with other smart Alec friends used sit at the last bench and ridicule the speakers. After one such achievement, Indira Rao turned to me said if you really have the stuff come up and speak.
She had thrown the perfect bait, the age was of testosterone kings, adrenaline high was on too, I walked up and spoke. After that speech it was interhouse, intercollegiate taluk level, district level and finally the state level. Of course my speech’s were not researched nor were they rehearsed it was just one adrenaline high.
Out of school, through college, and twenty years later public speaking had become a forgotten act. Until I joined Toastmasters international, I now learn that adrenaline has slowed down, so it’s time to work. Believe me after each project I realize I have three speeches’ the one I prepared, the one I delivered and one that I wish I had delivered.
ಪ್ಲಿನ್ಕ್ಯ್ ನನ್ನ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಭಾಷಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯ ಬಯಸುತ್ತಾಳೆ.
ಮೊದಲಭಾರಿ ಎರಡನಯ ತರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದೆ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಭಾಷಣ.ತಿರುಗಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕಳಾದೆ ಭಾಷಣ ಭಿಗಿದವರಗಿಂತ ಎಷ್ಟು ಚನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಾನು ಹೇಳಬಲ್ಲೆಯೇನುದು ಕುಳಿತ್ತಲ್ಲೇ ಕೊಚ್ಚಿದೆ.
ಹತ್ತನೇ ತರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಕಲಿಸುತ್ತಿದ ಎಲ್ವಿರ ಟೀಚರ್, ಪ್ರತಿ ಶನಿವಾರ ಉಮೆಧವಿದ್ದ ವಿದ್ಯರ್ಥಿಯರಿಂದ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಭಾಷಾಭ್ಯಾಸ ಮಾಡಿಸುತ್ತಿದರು, ನನ್ನ ಹಳೆ ಚಟ ಮಾಸಿರಲ್ಲಿಲ. ಒಮ್ಮೆ ತಿರ್ಪುಗರತಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನದ ಟೀಚರ್, ಇಂದಿರರವರು, “ಅಷ್ಟು, ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯವಿದ್ದರೆ, ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ವ್ಯಸಪೀತದ ಮೇಲೆ ನಿಂತು ಭಾಷಣ ಕೊಡು”ಅಂದ್ರು. ಪ್ರಾಯದ ಹುರುಪಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಷಣ ಬಿಗೆದೆ, ಅದೇ ಮೊದಲು, ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ, ಶಾಲಾ, ತಾಲುಕ, ಜಿಲ್ಲ ಹಾಗು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಹಾಗು ಹಿಂದಿ ಭಾಷಣ ಸ್ಪರ್ದೆಗಳನ್ನು ಗೆದ್ದೇ. ಮತ್ತೆ, ಸುಪ್ತ ಸಾಗರವಿಳಿದೇ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಂದಾಗ ಇಪತ್ತು ವರ್ಷಗಳು ದಾಟಿದವು ಆತ್ಮವಿಶ್ವಾಸವು ಕುಂದಿತು.
ಈಗ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ Toastmaster ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ ಸೇರಿರುವೆ, ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಷಣದ ಮೊದಲು, ತಯಾರಿ, ಅದರ ಅಭ್ಯಾಸ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಲಿಯುತಿರುವೆ.
ಸಾದಾ ನನ್ನ ಭಾಷಣವು ಮೂರು ಪ್ರಕಾರ, ತಯಾರಾದ ಭಾಷಣ– ಹೇಳಿದ ಭಾಷಣ — ಹೇಳಭಾಯಸಿದ ಭಾಷಣ.