Language’ of RSS

Authored by Somesh RK.

On the question of language such a liberal attitude in line with the Golwalkar would have been adopted by the South-North language leaders with little-bit of firmness; the nation could have succeeded in making a space for every Indian language. 

From the last few days, ‘Languages’ , ‘National language’ has been the topic of discussion. The draft of new education policy was the strikepoint of debate. Actually the whole consideration was about the education only. Unnecessarily many intellectuals brought National Language , official language in between the same.
As it has been, habitual RSS opponents attempted to target Sangha. Falsely projected it as an admirer of Hindi. The data and information gathered by such people was an example of ignorant attitude towards the oficial stand by RSS. Main-stream has neglected statements issued by RSS officials and the practice of RSS when it comes to the practical approach.
RSS doesn’t believe in Britain model of nationalism. RSS prefers Nationhood instead of European idea of national uniformity. Britain model adopts one national language for one Nation.
In 1957 , the then sarsanghchalak of RSS, Mr. M. S. Golwalkar was asked by a journalist with regard to National language. The very first question by interviewer was, Which should be our national language? M. S. Golwalkar responded, “I consider all our languages as national languages. They are equally our national heritage. Hindi is one among them which, by virtue of its countrywide usage, has been adopted as the State Language. It will be wrong to describe Hindi alone as the national language and others as provincial languages. That would not be seeing things in the right perspective.”
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha considers every language of this nation as a ‘National Language’. No language can be superior to other. As far as, ridiculously mocking of Hind is concerned,  Further Golwalkar said, “This tendency of mocking at other languages must stop. Some time back Ram Ganesh Gadkari, a prominent Marathi dramatist, made one of his characters say : ‘Southern languages, Put some pebbles in a tin can and shake it vigorously, and you hear those languages.’ Now this was no doubt said in fun. But I think such fissiparous fun is no good for the country.” Golwalkar reminds journalist about the prominent people who ridicule Southern Languages parallely when he opposed the statements by  C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar. Dr. C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar which ridiculed Hindi publicly. He said Hindi had but two great books – Tulsi Ramayana and the Railway Time Table. Sardar Panikkar repeated Dr. C. P. with approval. When it comes to the perseverance of regional languages , Golwalkar refers to the cases of Bengali, Tamil, Marathi and Telgu. These flourished even under English hegemony. M. S. Golwalkar emphasised a Fearless Environment in the country. Golwalkar assured, ” With the rise of Hindi these languages will flourish further, and in turn enrich Hindi also.” In the context of education policy Golwalkar was insistence with the Indian Languages. He said , “English should not be a compulsory language. The present confusion will abate and eventually end if the Government takes a firm decision, sticks to it, and implements it quickly. The present indecision is only strengthening English. Today more children are going to convent schools than perhaps ever before. Some people have begun to openly urge that ‘English should be the lingua franca of India’. The Government will undermine public confidence if it takes a shifty stand on this key issue of State Language.He had cited the case of Madhya Pradesh. Where  the Education Department was conducting its business in Hindi and Marathi. But after the formation of bigger Mumbai, the Marathi areas of former M.P. had reverted to English! M. S. Golwalkar extended his unconditional support for education in regional languages instead of English. M. S. Golwalkar was a admirer of aTriguna Zen’s formula. With Pressmen in 1967 Golwalkar said , “Hindi is not the only national language in our country. All the languages of this country, which have expressed the same great thoughts of our culture, are cent per cent national. The only thing is, in such a vast country as ours we need one Vyavahaara Bhaashaa, a link language, to replace English which is undoubtedly a foreign tongue.” When the Integration of languages was an issue; Golwalkar said , “All our languages must be immediately purified. Words like ‘guarantee’, ‘appeal’, ‘junction’ etc., should all be replaced by simple and elegant words in the regional languages. I suggest that the Hindi speaking people take a generous attitude and enrich Hindi by absorbing simple and apt words from the various regional languages. For example, the Tamil word Sandippu can be usefully taken to replace ‘junction’.” M. S. Golwalkar seems to be more visionary comparable to the every other contemporary political leader. The origins of language problem lies in the Congress. The Congress leaders such as R. V. Dhulekar, P. D. Tandan and the list goes on.  On the question of language such a liberal attitude in line with the Golwalkar would have been adopted by the South-North language leaders with little-bit of firmness; the nation could have succeeded in making a space for every Indian language.
In earlier days of RSS, almost every pracharak went out to the certain parts of India has learned there regional language , adopted the lifestyle, local culture. Even today most of movements for perseverance of regional languages are being successfully run by RSS people with a constructive programme. Maharashtra education society, Goa , schools managed by Saraswati Shishumandir in southern india are living examples. RSS always encourages it’s swyamsevaks to learn more than one Indian language. Today, The problem with language is neither a matter of ‘conversation ‘ nor ‘convenience’ . It has become an ego issue. Ego, originated from the hegemonic approach, inappropriate policies & immature political leaders. People prefer to preserve proud instead of language. Anti-nationals want to make it one more ‘fault-line’ of India. But the language has been the medium of communication, connection , culture and conversation. It should not be another faultline of Unity & Integrity of our country.

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