polity : balaji : How-can-the-linguistic-diversity-as-well-as-National-integrity-issue-be-solved-at-the-same-time-in-India
Answer by Balaji Viswanathan:
Singapore has 4 official national languages – Chinese, English, Malay & Tamil, for a nation the size of Mumbai.
Switzerland has 4 official national languages – German, French, Italian & Romansch, for a nation with half the population of New Delhi.
If even these small countries can celebrate and cherish multiple languages, why are some Indians so ignorant in understanding this basic fact? Aren't Switzerland and Singapore successful in almost every aspect? Don't they have a strong national identity? An average Swiss or Singaporean is very good with English and 2 or 3 other languages. They have not lost any bit of their culture because of this.
The trend across the entire world is towards multilingualism.
United States have practically become a bilingual country – English & Spanish – although there is no official language by law. Israel is bilingual – Hebrew & Arabic. Canada is bilingual – French and English. Luxemborg and Belguim are comfortably trilingual. New York City thrives in 100s of tongues.
Don't you think the Americans and Israelis are not patriotic enough?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=443Vy3I0gJsA nice Coke ad celebrating America's linguistic diversity. This is what India should do – be immensely proud to accept so many languages.
It is sheer madness to force a nation into monolingualism. It is sheer madness to assume that national integration is dependent on having one language.
On the contrary, it is the linguistic diversity that makes a nation strong. Because, the linguistic diversity places tolerance, compassion and flexibility as its core. It pushes us to learn others better and help celebrate the connections beyond just language. This flexibility makes a nation less brittle. In fact, such a flexibility is how Hinduism of all the ancient religions survived. Diversity is strength. It is madness to assume otherwise.
It is boring to have just one color. In the same way, it is boring to have just one language. India's languages, colored.