Meri Hindi

Gurmehar Kaur

[This is the original article I wrote. Another version which is edited but not by me can be read on The Quint.]


A few weeks ago I came across an article on the internet stating an immediate need for Hindi to upgrade from just being one of the official languages to become the national language. As a step forward towards, what was a long term plan for my India, a Hindu Rashtra?

I wouldn’t lie, it got me worried not only because the secular fabric of my nation was being attacked but because if this was ever to be the case, my words would never find a place. Literally and metaphorically.

My first language is Punjabi which I inherited from my mother and nurtured with a consistent diet of Amrita Pritam’s original works. Hindi is the language I use to communicate, to buy samosa’s at the canteen, to direct the…

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