A plea, which is likely to come up for hearing next week, has sought to instate Hindi as the national language. A petition seeking a direction to the Centre to take the necessary steps in this regard was filed in the Delhi High Court. The plea was also seeking to make Hindi a compulsory subject for all the children aged six to 14 years throughout the country.
The plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay claimed that “Hindi is the language spoken by majority of Indians and it has the potential of being used as an economic, religious and political communication link among all the citizens”.
The plea stated that it was the duty of the Union Government under Article 351 of the Constitution to “promote and propagate Hindi language so that it may serve as a medium of expression for all the elements of the composite culture of India and to secure its enrichment.”
It claimed that the Constitution makers had deliberated on the issue of official language in detail at the time of framing the Constitution and it was decided that Hindi in Devanagari script should be adopted as official language of the Union.
It claimed that framers of the Constitution had envisaged that Hindi, with the help of other Indian languages, would evolve as a composite language, capable of being accepted by people living in non-Hindi speaking regions.
The plea said Hindi was the only language which can be common means of communication for all the citizens throughout the country.
“It is duty of the executive to declare Hindi as the national language of India without further delay. It is not only necessary to secure equality of status and of opportunity, but it is essential to promote fraternity, ensuring dignity of individual and unity and integrity of the nation,” it said.