कुछ इस तरह से मैंने ज़िंदगी को आसान कर लिया,
किसी से माफी मांग ली,
किसी को माफ कर दिया।
हाथों की लकीरों पर मत जा ऐ गालिब,
किस्मत तो उनकी भी होती है
जिनके हाथ नहीं होते।
फिर न सिमटेगी मुहब्बत,
जो बिखर जाएगी,
ज़िंदगी ज़ुल्फ़ नहीं,
फिर संवर जाएगी।
बुरा जो देखन मैं चला, बुरा न मिलिया कोय,
जो दिल खोजा आपना, मुझसे बुरा न कोय।
Felt good? Read on!
The essence of a language has been long forgotten. From a mere collection of words placed hither-thither to convey a simple meaning to a string woven beautifully into a garland. Language has certainly evolved far and wide. But along with it’s beautification, it carries an aspect of the cultural identity of a community. Some may severely contest or argue. But one can’t deny that Hindi along with other vernacular languages are the mother tongues of Indians. Now, my point is really simple. I’m going to target the northern part of the country where people have developed an affiliation towards English. Not only because it is a language but also because it is projected as a mark of one’s status.
I love the people of South India for this simple fact that they are proud of their linguistic traditions along with being global. The northern inhabitants fail to distinguish the difference between forgetting their roots in lieu of cultivating a global identity. It fills my heart with remorse when people can speak fluently in Hindi but fail to write or read the same. It might sound funny or trivial to you, but you do realise that for a lot of us, it has got to do with our basic cultural identity in some way?
Also, it is sad that we are losing upon the same. The Harrapan civilisation had a pictorial language and we still haven’t been able to decipher it, keeping a lot of facts of that age shrouded from us. Language is one of the most silent yet explicit traits of an era (if thought about). Language can exist in various forms of documentation- signs, symbols, pictures, alphabets etc.
Now, a lot of people would tell me that I’m a rightist or maybe a conservative in saying one should speak Hindi (even though I know that it is not the mother tongue of a lot of us). The point isn’t about Hindi but is simply that speak your mother tongue and be proud of it. All of you would agree that we think in our native language, but tend to express always in a language we’ve bought from the British.
If you think in a language and write in another, you know what it would result into. It is okay if you don’t wish to read Hindi novels or texts or be an expert at it because that’s not asked for, but at least have the basic knowledge to read and write in the same. Remember that Kabir and Mirza Ghalib wouldn’t have had such a profound impact on you, had you not been to read the language. Translations are never as beautiful as the original text.
The malady is that a Hindi speaking person is deemed to be a misfit in the Indian society itself. This person is often looked down upon and considered to be someone not of the desirable standards. For once, let the language be just a form of communication and not projected as status symbol. The misery is that whether we accept or not, it is shameful that we cannot write in our own mother tongue while the world is recognising the beauty of Sanskrit and Hindi, as languages.
However hard you may contest, English is not our first language. You may put forth the idea that it is a global language and has got nothing to do with nations anymore; it is spoken universally as a common medium of communication, to all of which I agree. It is definitely the language of the era and an abject necessity to have a command over the same.
But, don’t demean the standard of your vernacular language just because English is preferred. Speaking and writing in English is much easier than in Hindi. It is innate to humans to not put in more efforts when you can get an easier substitute. It isn’t completely our fault though. We’ve been brought up in a world where English is placed at a higher stature than a regional language. Hence, we are taught to prioritise and learn accordingly. But, do we foresee something catastrophic?
If you were to delve a little deeper and think of a reason, you’d be able to trace that the British. (who’s native language is English) colonised a lot of countries pan world. Hence, whenever they went, they spread their culture under the garb of civilising the people which led to the spread of the language. With the passage of time, it became accepted because of the seeds of British linguistic identity sown across the world.
The countries l, though could become independent geographically but the cultural and linguistic remnants of the British always persisted. That’s why all that’s native to us is discarded because of the overpowering. Civilising tendency of other cultural dimensions projected to us. Here, I don’t wish to condemn the use of English language because that is a necessity in today’s time but yes, giving it the symbol of a superior status in comparison to my language Hindi or any other regional language in my own country is definitely my area of concern.
The Dravidian culture has been beautifully preserved and I feel amazingly proud when they insist on conversing in their own language (even though they too discard Hindi). Now there, discarding Hindi isn’t my zone of concern but in the northern India, we have dialects more in number than languages. A dialect doesn’t have a script, alphabet and grammar hence, it’s identity is only with it’s speaking population as no scriptures exist to assert it’s continuity. Also, I get no sense in dissing your own language and feeling really casual about it. The French converse in French. The Germans in German. The Chinese in Mandarin. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t accept English as a medium of communication. However, their linguistic identify stands supreme for them but ours, is fast eroding.
I’m not against writing in English because I’m doing the same right now. But that’s also because a lot of people won’t be able to or won’t read if I write in Hindi. Remember you speak a language so fluently since your birth that the world is taking a lot of pains to understand. (it being the most scientific alphabet). Our linguistic identity is really rich, it only needs some significant efforts to get a hang of it.
Thus, don’t categorise my vernacular language as the language of goons. Or highlight it as a symbol of uncultured population because probably, you don’t know a lot about it. Take pride in knowing a language which has a linguistic history of thousands of years but, if you can’t then, probably try sitting and relaxing instead of viewing others from a narrow lens. You’d be only able to appreciate when you learn about it, otherwise my words are mere words and not emotions. Yet, if you are not proud of your roots, then you have absolutely no business judging me for nurturing them.