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Tomorrow Somebody Will Ask For Making Sanskrit Mandatory: SC While Rejecting Plea For Making Hindi Compulsory In Schools

“Why have you come to court with this demand. You say you are a BJP man. Why don’t you approach the government? Your party is in power”, the bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar told petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya.

The Supreme Court today rejected a PIL filed by a Delhi BJP leader which sought a direction to the Centre to make study of Hindi compulsory for all students of Classes I-VIII telling him to approach the government directly as “his party was in power”.

“Why have you come to court with this demand. You say you are a BJP man. Why don’t you approach the government? Your party is in power”, the bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar told petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya.

When his lawyer R S Suri insisted the bench to issue notice, the CJI shot back raising peals of laughter in the courtroom:

“Look the court cannot interfere in such issues. Today you are asking for Hindi. Tomorrow somebody will come to court and ask for making study of Sanskrit mandatory. You and me would ask for Punjabi” . Advocate Suri has then withdrawn the petition. The Court dismissed it as withdrawn.

On April 24 also the same bench declined to entertain a PIL filed by Upadhyay for a direction to the government to review the working of the Constitution saying his party was in power and better approach his government.

“when your party (BJP) is in power at the Centre and no decision was taken, the court cannot intervene as the issue raised by him is a policy matter and it is indeed the prerogative of legislature and executive. You approach the government”, the CJI had told Upadhyaya then also.

The PIL for compulsory teaching of Hindi said said it will promote fraternity, unity and national integration, the great golden goals as set out in Preamble of the Constitution.

At present, when a North Indian visits East, West or South India, he becomes a foreigner, as he cannot read, write and understand their local language.

The petitioner said besides the fact that Hindi is the official language as has been enunciated in the Article 343, it is spoken and used in major part of the country. There are only few States where there is only regional language is spoken.

At the time of framing and adoption of the Constitution, it was envisaged that English will continue to be used for executive, judicial and legal purposes for an initial period of 15 years i.e. till 1965 only, said the petitioner.

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  • Thulasidhass says:

    Let’s make one South-Indian language as compulsory subject for all North-Indian States for national unity. Because when public servants and judges of higher judiciary, who have studied Hindi-languages, find it difficult to read, write and speak regional language when they got posted in places like, Chennai or Puducherry. Whether our Hindi-walas will agree to this proposal? Will they allow their sons and daughters to be compelled to study one South-Indian language, like, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam? Will they tolerate such a proposal for national unity?

    These pseudo nationalist want me to treat their mother as my mother, but they will not treat my mother as their mother. What an intellectual bankruptcy!!!

    Who told these pseudo nationalist that Hindi-language will ensure national unity? People in Kashmir speak, read, and write Hindi but still they fight against India and ask for separate nation. People in Chhatisgarh speak and understand Hindi, but they still join naxals to oppose government? Hindi is not a panacea for all problem or the only solution for national unity. Even a mad psycho won’t believe in such illogical arguments.

    Supreme Court should have imposed heavy fine on these pseudos for wasting the Court’s time and for attempting to disrupt national unity and integration.

    We should remember one thing: Tamil-speaking people are Tamils for thousands of years; they are Indians only for 70-100 years. Same is true for other language-speaking people as well.

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