Is “Hindi” an endangered language? Does your child struggle to speak in Hindi?

Is “Hindi” an endangered language? Does your child struggle to speak in Hindi?

India is known for its “Unity in Diversity”. Rich in heritage, values & culture; it is the home to 780 different languages. Shockingly, a recent survey says that 220 languages have died in the last 5 decades. And, let’s face it – Hindi is on the verge of extinction. Although Hindi is a feeder language to over 100 other languages in the North, the bleak scenario of the language only reminds us of the unkind truth. But why is “Hindi” an endangered language? Why does your child struggle to speak in Hindi? In the late 1970’s it was considered fashionable to speak in English. Very soon English medium schools started sprouting all over the country & it soon became a status symbol to study in one.

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The optimists say that the rich language shall not die. The adaptability and elasticity of the language will help it survive. But how? Languages can’t be preserved or kept alive in dictionaries & libraries. They live if people continue to talk in their mother tongue. English is the international language of global commerce and finance, thus, most jobs require mastery over the language. With more and more  youngsters adapting to English the stunted growth of the language is ailing in all respects of life. Let’s see how –

At home – Your children can barely talk 2 sentences in Hindi. It’s not surprising to hear you child say “Mom, kal holiday hai. Please late uthana”. Is it English or Hinglish? (English+Hindi)

At School – Those who took pride in their language started to worry when students were not offered Hindi as a compulsory subject especially for the science students. This marked the decline of not just the language, but the society as a whole.

At Work – A strong command over English is a precedent for a well-paying, high-end job at work. Fluency in English means sophistication & a grow the in the organisation.

Entertainment – The film industry is a great example of how the society has evolved. The Hindi ‘movie’ posters are written in English these days. The songs are also adulterated with foreign words. Consider the songs – “My name is Sheila… Sheila ki Jawani” or “Wanna be my Chammak Challo”. And, ironically these songs top the chartbusters. Do we have any good writers at all? We have movies being made on famous English novels. But when have we seen movies made on famous Hindi novels. Hardly any, may be none!

Literature – The unsettling reality of metros and towns has influenced the English-medium educated youth to look down upon those who do not speak English as rustics. Even the Hindi newspapers up-north have started introducing bilingual tabloids which are doing very well since it has a