Dr. Subramanian Swamy while celebrating Hindu Unity Day in US made the following comment:
He also suggested that Sanskrit, not Hindi, to be made the link language of India as it connects Indians to their past.
I have studied Sanskrit for 5 years and studied in Hindi medium school for 10 years and I can safely say that neither are link language of India. English for all practical purposes is the link language and I see no reason to discontinue it. This is our strength in the global economy enabling us to steal some business from China because of our language ability.
Hindi can not be a link language because there is much opposition to it not only in South but also Eastern India. Plus, they have Sanskritized Hindi so much that even I have difficulty understanding it, what about people who have minimum education in this language.
Sanskrit is a great language but I doubt if it ever was a speaking language. This is a great language to learn to get access to lot of ancient Indian wisdom, tradition and literature but nothing beyond that.
It is time to bring “Hindustani” back, which is an easy to understand language that have words that can be understood by both Hindi and Urdu speakers. Broaden its horizon by introducing words from local language and I am sure most of Indians even non-Hindi and non-Urdu speakers will prefer it over Hindi or Urdu.
Since Hindustani is associated with ganga-jamni tehzeeb and belongs to people of India, no one can associate it with any religion and tradition. It represents best of the Indian tradition and truly represent a modern India. Hindustani, as a language belongs to the people of India and can be linked to the bazars and streets of India.
This language can be officially in all the major scripts of India including roman. With software tools available it is not that difficult to convert one script to another.
Hindustani can also be given an international push and it can find lot of people who are willing to list it as one of the language that they speak. This will give English a run for its money, Hindustani TV channels, radio programs, and movies can win lot of converts not only in South Asia, but West Asia, Europe and US. This can be a big opportunity for India to have a great influence on a large number of world population fitting perfectly well with India’s aspirations for the future.