Chapter 2

NCERT
Class 10
Political Science
Solutions
7. Here are three reactions to the language policy followed in India. Give an argument and an example to support any of these positions.

Question:

Here are three reactions to the language policy followed in India. Give anargument and an example to support any of these positions.

Sangeeta: The policy of accommodation has strengthened national unity.

Arman: The language-based States have divided us by making everyone conscious of their language.

Harish: This policy has only helped to consolidate the dominance of English over all other languages.

Answer:

The position held by Sangeeta that the policy of accommodation has strengthened national unity is correct. The Central Government agreed to continue the use of English along with Hindi for official purposes to avoid the Lankan kind of situation. Otherwise, the movement against Hindi would have taken a more ugly turn. The promotion of Hindi continues to be the official policy of the Government of India.

Promotion does not mean that the Central Government can impose Hindi on states where people speak a different language. The flexibility shown by our leaders helped our country avoid the kind of situation that Sri Lanka finds itself in. Thus the policy of accommodation has strengthened national unity. Hindi is being used along with English for official purposes.

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