To make your language big, why prove others small: Swami Ram Bhajan Van

This is the Los Angeles incident in 1899. An American asked Swami Vivekananda, the pinnacle of our knowledge tradition – ‘How are you Swamiji?’ Swamiji replied- ‘I am good.’ That American felt that perhaps Swamiji does not know English, that is why he is answering in Hindi. But that American knew a little broken Hindi, so he asked the next question in Hindi- ‘How do you feel coming here from India?’ This time Swamiji answered him in English – ‘I am feeling good, your country is beautiful’.

The American said- ‘When I asked you a question in English, you answered in Hindi and when I asked you a question in Hindi, you answered in English, what is this riddle?’ Swamiji smiled and said, ‘When you asked the question in your mother tongue, I answered in my mother tongue. But when you asked the question in Hindi respecting my mother tongue, I answered in English respecting your mother tongue.

It has been 123 years since this incident, but till date we are unable to understand what Swamiji said. We did not understand that the very first principle of petty politics is to divide us into pieces. Sometimes in the name of caste, sometimes in the name of region and sometimes in the name of language.

1. Is there a language dispute?

Your language is small, mine is big… This one sentence is the root of the language dispute. Because language is not the only medium of communication. The strings of every language are linked to its culture, literature and history. As soon as we called a language small, the culture associated with it was called small, literature was called small, history was called small and the history-men who spoke that language, the wonderful women born in that language-family, Called everyone small. All the languages ​​of the world have their own unique beauty. Where is it written that in order to make my language, my culture big, first I should prove your language, your culture small.

2. Is Hindi the national language?

Hindi is the national language and all the 22 languages ​​mentioned in the 8th schedule of the constitution are the national language. All non-Hindi speaking people should suffer as much as Hindi speakers because of the disdain of Hindi. I was troubled when a famous playwright ‘Ram Ganesh Gadkari’ had said, ‘Stir a tin vessel full of pebbles and stones’. The voice that comes, that is the language of the South. It is wrong to stereotype the language, it is condemnable. Look at the map of Europe. There are more than 40 countries across Europe. They could live together as unity in diversity, but could not live, were fragmented, scattered, in the false attachment of this linguistic hypocrisy. Do we want the same thing to happen with India? According to Census 2011, only 7 percent of the people in the country speak Telugu, only 6 percent are Tamil speakers and only 4 percent speak Kannada, but Hindi is the language of more than 44 percent of the people, i.e. more than 53 crore people speak Hindi. Still Hindi is fighting for its honor and existence in its own country, it is sad. We Hindi speakers also have a duty to feel comfortable with the rest of the Indian languages, incorporating as much of their vocabulary into everyday conversation as possible.

Languages ​​and mothers are not big or small, only ours and yours. Your mother is revered for you, my mother is revered for me, but sometimes we come face to face, it would be better if you touch my mother’s feet and take blessings, I will take blessings by touching your mother’s feet.