The significance of Hindi Diwas would be unknown to many, in some cases due to lack of interest and in other cases due to ignorance. It was on 14th September, 1949 that the language got the honour of being the national language. After India's independence, it was difficult to decide for the lawmakers as to which language would be widely accepted as the national language of India since the country had innumerable languages. However, after much discussion, it was decided that Hindi be made the national language. Given the importance of the day, the first PM of India declared that 14th September be declared as the Hindi Diwas.
While it is an honour for every Indian to accept the language as their National language, it has off late become a tool to shame people who are not fluent in the language or do not speak the language.
So, here are some common things that non-Hindi speakers get to hear every now and then from Hindi speakers.
#You don't know how to speak Hindi? Dude, don't you know it's the national language?
#You are disrespecting the Indian unity. The language unites the nation and you are not willing to be a part of it.
#How will you connect with the rest of the country? It is the most widely-spoken language and not everyone knows English.
#(In the South) I know you are doing this deliberately so that you can preserve your own language. Clout-baji!
#You must find it funny to speak in your regional language and see us cutting a sorry face. This is some type of a code language for you in front of Hindi speakers, isn't it?
#Dude, don't you accept India as your country?
#If you have problems with Hindi, you should reside in some other country or get a separate country of your own.
#Do you want me to help you with Hindi? It's very simple, unlike your Dravidian script.
#You didn't even learn it for a few years in school? Shame
#How will you deal with people in the North if you get a job there?
#Dude, pronounce 'LADKI' (lol)
Certainly, Hindi is our national language and everyone should learn it, but not at the cost of someone's integrity or self esteem. The person should learn the language willingly. There could have been many reasons why a person may not learn a language, but that does not mean that he or she is not an Indian. Please understand that India stands by its multiculturalism as much as it stands by its secularism.