Bhopal, February 14: Today every section of the society wants that all the government and administration works, education, competitive examinations, trade and finance be carried out in India languages. But this is not happening. The main reason behind it is absence of serious demand from the people in this direction. The political decisions are taken only on the basis of will power of the common men. If Indian languages are to be encouraged in the society, Hindi and other languages would have to be used in a revolutionary way. These views were expressed by the higher education minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Umashankar Gupta while addressing the two-day seminar organised by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University and Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (Trust for Uplift of Education and Culture), new Delhi organised at Laxminarayan College of Technology, Bhopal on Saturday.
He said that today, although, we use Hindi and other Indian languages in religious functions but in other works like political, financial and educational we use English. There is a need to change this mindset. This function being organised by four different organisation in Bhopal is a commendable initiative in this direction and the recommendations from here would certainly be taken into account by the government for their implementation.
Introducing the subject, Shri Atul Kothari, national secretary of Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyar, New Delhi said there is a need for complete makeover in the education system of the country. The education of the country should be in sync with the culture of the nation. Before discourses on education, it is important to give a serious thought to the language. The efforts should be made to ensure that education from KG to the PG level is imparted in Indian languages.
The key speaker on the occasion, Shri Sankrant Sonu who is a computer engineer with Microsoft in USA said that no country has made progress by abandoning its language. Referring to a research, he said that 20 developed of the world provide all kinds of services including justice, medical, administration and education in their own languages. In contrary, the 20 poorest countries of the world are using English or other colonial languages. Today, a perception has developed in the society that the class of the society using English language come from the upper class while those using Hindi from the lower strata. He said that the studies have proven that the education and knowledge imparted in mother tongue are more effective.
Vice-chancellor of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University, Shri Mohanlal Chhipa underlined that for the spread of Hindi and other Indian languages on the world map, the language lovers would have to be aware and come forward. These languages would only be respected when the entire knowledge would be available in these languages.
Combined and parallel session were conducted on different subjects like – language and education, law and justice, finance, mass communication, information technology and others during the conference.
Presiding over the session based on mass communication and information technology, vice-chancellor of Journalism University, Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala said that a wide discussion has been done on language and communication in Indian epics. While setting agenda for the promotion of language and culture, we would have to think whether our decisions are based on emotions or logics. The actual development of the languages is only possible by striking a proper balance in them.
Senior officer of Bank of Baroda, Shri Jawahar Karnawat while sharing his views on usage of indian languages in the finance sector said several steps were taken to encourage usage of Hindi and other Indian languages in financial institutions but the technical problems are not letting that happen. Such demands are not coming in bulk from the people’s side. He said that some guidelines should issued in this direction on the multinational companies as well.
Hindi activist Ms. Vijay Laxmi gave an attractive presentation of the initiative being taken on personal-level to develop Hindi and other Indian languages. Shri Basant Chapa emphasized on necessity of Hindi and Indian languages in legal sector. Among the other sharing their views on the subject were – senior educationist Shri Pravin Jain and VC of Sagar University Shri K Mani Kumar.
Besides, book authored by Shri Sakrant Sonu, ‘Angrezi Bhasha Ka Bhramjaal’ and Journalism University’s quarterly house magazine ‘MCU Samachar’ were also released on the occasion. Another book ‘Sanskrit, Sanskriti Aur Videshi Bhasha Vivad: Ek Tathyatmak Vimarsh’ edited by Shri Vishleshwar Dayalu and Shri Alok Mishra was also released by the dignitaries present on the dice.
The chief guest of the tomorrow’s concluding ceremony would be Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, Shri Kapil Kapoor. A work-plan on encouragement of Hindi and other Indian languages in various sectors including education, competitive examination, administrative works and others would also be presented during the concluding ceremony on Sunday.