Why can’t we make Hindi the sole official language of India to develop a unique identity?

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Answer by Prashanth Mohan:

Simple.

  1. According to the most recent census, only 41% of the country's population are native speakers of Hindi[1]. Now why would you want to force such a thing upon the rest of the nation.
  2. It goes against the ideals of the country. The idea of India as a country was always based around "unity in diversity". We cherish our diversity. We pride ourselves in being multi-cultural.
  3. It is logistically impossible to enforce this. Making Hindi the official language when the population does not understand it is useless. So how would you have the non-hindi speaking population start conversing in Hindi? Schools you say? Where a majority of the country does not get stick through 10th grade in school, they mostly get their education from family and friends.

[1] Census of India – Statement 1

Why can't we make Hindi the sole official language of India to develop a unique identity?

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