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Ill disguised measures to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking people by the Modi government has given cause to DMK leader MK Stalin to accuse it of trying to convert India into “Hindia”.

Published: April 26, 2017 6:04 AM

This is India and  not “Hindia”

Ill disguised measures to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking people by the Modi government has given cause to DMK leader MK Stalin to accuse it of trying to convert India into “Hindia”. Hindi imposition is totally unacceptable and it cannot be justified on any ground whatsoever. The provocation for a re-enactment of the Hindi agitation of the 1950s and 60s in Tamil Nadu is eminently avoidable. It is just not possible to impose Hindi without facing an angry backlash from the non-Hindi speaking people. BJP seems to have no better work to do than alienating large sections of the society by some means or other. Obviously the expenditure of a lot of effort, time and money on imposing Hindi entails the curtailment of the freedom of choice of non-Hindi speaking people. Evidently, BJP commits the follies of seeking to make the non-Hindi speaking regions extensions of the Hindi belt and linking Hindi to nationalism without realising their potential to cause irreparable damage to national unity and imperil India’s unique composite culture. The proposition that those who speak Hindi are “more Indian” than those who do not is fraught with danger.
— G David Milton , Maruthancode,
Tamil Nadu

NPAs affecting credit
NITI AAYOG has been remembered after nearly two years. Of course, the BJP never seemed to have had much fascination for institutions. The instant dismantling of Planning Commission was part of that mindset. NITI was installed to fill up the space. On the basis of national income and other indicators, the Aayog would appear to have made little difference. Paradoxically, the highest growth rate of national income was achieved during the Fifth Plan which, was mostly was non-plan period, at 4.7% annually. In today’s flood of statistics with Big Data, we need consummate economists and thinkers who can see the future more clearly.
— R Narayanan, Ghaziabad

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