According to the Oxford dictionary, language means – Human communication through the use of spoken or written words, but I believe that language is not just something which helps us to communicate, it is something more than that. It is a vehicle, a vehicle which carries our culture and tradition with us. More than anything else it is our identity, it defines who you are, who I am. Basically it’s our passport to the world!
But in the present times, the vernacular languages have continuously been degraded and the biggest victim of it is Hindi, a language spoken by more than 180 million people. A lot of words have been added to the Hindi dictionary which have polluted the language. This was not the case a couple decades back. So how has the language spoken by more than 180 million people become polluted? Let us find out.
All middle class and upper class parents send their children to English medium schools, and it is completely justified as you cannot survive without English in this world, moreover, it gives you liberal ideas and you also get a world view. But the problem is that children are learning English at the cost of their mother tongue.
The children who go to vernacular schools or Hindi medium schools are the kids of the poorest of the poor, the people who live in slums and the people who are living a very dull lifestyle, and you can imagine what will happen to a language when it is kept in such an environment.
Now after years of studies at English medium schools, some children decide to get into Mass Communication and for the first time now the need for the vernacular language arise. So now they look for the vernacular language and after searching for a long time where do they find it? In the slums. And a language is like a chameleon, it changes its colours when it changes its place. So by the time the middle and upper class children come to find their language, it had already been exploited and the words used by the people who are living a dull life are added to the language, which can be called ashudh – unclean.
But for a person who hasn’t spoken a language for years, for him that is the right thing. Obviously, if you haven’t ever played football and then I tell you that this is the way to play the game, you will automatically follow my instructions without even questioning me because you’ve got no experience.
Then they learn this language from them and after that it is played on television, printed in newspapers, uploaded on the internet and shown in films, and ultimately these unclean words are used by common people in their day to day lives because cinema and media have the biggest influence on a common man’s life.
So the problem is not in learning English, it is really important to learn it, but the problem is in not learning Hindi or any other vernacular language for that matter. Either we are making the roots or the branches, we don’t even care if the trunk of the tree is there or not, and this is leading to linguistic pollution.
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