Switzerland has 4 official languages.
And they proudly print all the 4 official languages on their passport coverpage, along with English. (Hence, total 5 languages). Their population is just 80 lakh. Now, imagine, India printing all its 22 official languages on Indian passport coverpage. Wouldn’t it look beautiful? Just 22 lines on the coverpage. Let the inside pages be as it is. Only on the coverpage, just like how Swiss have 5 lines, we can have 22 phrases (The phrase “Indian Passport” translated in different languages), with smaller fonts if necessary, along with our 3-Lions National Emblem as well.
Whenever an immigration officer in US or Dubai or London or Korea checks the passport of an Indian, the coverpage subtly conveys him the fact that India is such a culturally rich & diversified country. It is actually one of our greatest assets. Whenever an Indian goes out of India, with his passport placed right next to his heart, in his pocket, he would still be carrying the idea that India stands for. Just like how looking at a photo of Lord Shiva or Lord Krishna boosts spiritual/religious pride, similarly, looking at the passport which depicts the diversity of India, would boost national pride.
Also, my wish is to see that this song comes pre-installed in every smartphone which is Made in India:
I have made some really interesting observations in the last few weeks. Whenever I ask somebody, whose mother-tongue is one of the South Indian languages, this question: “What do you think should be the link language of India”,
they reply “English should be the link language”. And when I ask them “Which language medium school have your enrolled your kids into”, they say “English medium”.
And, whenever I ask somebody, whose mother-tongue is Hindi, this question: “What do you think should be the link language of India”,
they reply “Of course Hindi. Only Hindi can be the link language”. And when I ask them “Which language medium school have you enrolled your kids into”,
they say “English medium”.
Now, I am desperately trying to survey somebody who has enrolled their children into non-English medium, but am not able to find any. I tried contacting several Tamil, Kannada & Marathi chauvinists, but they all “secretly” confessed that they have enrolled their kids into English medium. I tried contacting several Hindi chauvinists, but they also “secretly” confessed that they have enrolled their kids into English medium. Then I remember that even the popular politician Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had vehemently opposed English, and vowed to “ban” English, had sent his son to English medium school & college in Karnataka. (Yeah, Akhilesh studied in Karnataka).
So, my advice to all the activists, linguists & politicians:
Please accept the reality and stop this chaos. The Telegu Speaking population of India is happily living with the Hindi and English Speaking population of India without any differences. They all are doing the work they are supposed to like providing Technical support to large MNC of USA. Some of the Best Data Entry companies of world are situated in India and they have remarkable reputation amoung their client without any languages tussle.
My advice to Kannada activists: Stop expecting people living in states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc to learn Kannada.
My advice to Hindi activists: Stop expecting people living in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu etc to learn Hindi.
And so on.
Let people learn whatever languages they want out of curiosity, interest & need.
No point imposing or enforcing anything because, as I said earlier, no matter how much hard you try to resist English or try to impose your language upon others, your obsession to enroll your kids into English medium, will, in the long run, eventually make English into the link language of India. If not immediately, may be in 30-40 years. If you don’t believe me, you can take screenshot of this post or bookmark it, and check after 40 years.