polity : Should a neutral language be made the sole official language of a linguistically diverse nation like India?
(In this case, the most obvious choice would be English.)
Isn't letting Hindi be an official language a form of cultural imposition and hegemony on the people from non-Hindi speaking states? If Hindi should be an official language, then even Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, etc. should be made official languages of India. Or only English should be made the official language. Anyway most of the formal education in this country is already in English only and Indian economy relies heavily on countries having English as a primary language. Also most of the literate Indians love to learn English and already possess a fair amount of flair in that language. So why shouldn't the usage of English be encouraged more? Why should we fool ourselves in this false notion of patriotism and "desi" feeling by adopting Hindi as an official language. The truth is, for most of the people from non-Hindi speaking states, Hindi is more alien a language compared to English. Then why not just make English a compulsory language in all the schools and make it as the sole official language? Hindi is at best a regional language of multiple but not a majority of the regions in India. Isn't considering it an official language while disregarding other languages an insult to the people of non-Hindi speaking states?