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Hypocrisy of Hindi Politicians (Hindi Hypocrisy in Indian Parliament)

P. Unny

TAMIL TRIBUNE, March 2014 (ID. 2014-03-02)
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"Hindi MPs should speak in Hindi" -  K.C. Tyagi, Janata Dal United (IBN Live website. November 18, 2013)

"There should be a ban on English address in Parliament." - Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party (Times of India. November 17, 2013)

We applaud these Hindi politicians for their love for their mother tongue. However these are hypocritical statements. India is a multi-lingual country with about two dozens major languages, each spoken by millions of people. Situation in the parliament of this multi-lingual country is this. Hindi politicians can talk in Hindi in parliament whenever they want. There are translators available to translate their speeches to English; similarly English speeches are translated to Hindi (but not to the other languages). Other language Members of Parliament (MPs) have to give prior notice to speak in their mother tongue so that translators can be brought in. Why not have a translator available at all times? These language speakers also pay substantial taxes to Government of India.

In August 2013, Telugu Desam MP (Upper House) from Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Nandamuri Harikrishna, attempted to speak in Telugu on an important topic affecting his state and the deputy chair of the house tried to stop him because he did not give prior notice. Nandamuri Harikrishna retorted, 

“Asking me to speak in English or Hindi is an insult not only to me but for the entire Telugu speaking people”. He added, “Oh God, What a sad day for Andhra Pradesh... nobody is there to translate the speech in Parliament.” (Deccan Herald, August 12, 2013).

We, the non-Hindi citizens of India, ask that a translator for each of the languages listed in the Indian constitution be hired full time and be available in parliament at all times. Non-Hindi MPs should also be able to speak in their mother tongue without prior notice. Non-Hindi peoples pay taxes too.

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