Sushma Swaraj,Shashi Tharoor spar over making Hindi official language at United Nations

  • Sushma Swaraj,Shashi Tharoor spar over making Hindi official language at United Nations

Sushma Swaraj,Shashi Tharoor spar over making Hindi official language at United Nations

A reply by the Minister for External Affairs during question hour in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday caused Opposition member Shashi Tharoor to ask what is the objective of making Hindi an official language in the United Nations.

Sushma Swaraj, in her reply to a question, said: "It is often asked why Hindi is not an official language in the UN". "If tomorrow someone from Tamil Nadu or from West Bengal becomes the PM, why should we force him to speak in Hindi at the UN", Tharoor said. Tharoor also said Hindi is the official language of only one country ~ India ~ while other official languages in the United Nations are spoken in several countries.

Ms. Swaraj promptly responded that Hindi was not only spoken in India, but in countries such as Fiji, Mauritius, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, as well as by NRIs living in the United States.

When Shashi Tharoor challenged her on why it needs to be pushed, the Minister dismissed his remark as "ignorant". Tharoor asked during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha. "When we get that kind of support and the economically weaker countries are also ready to bear the financial burden, it will become an official language", she added. "We are ready to pay even Rs 400 crore if required", Swaraj said.

A BJP MP pointed out that to make Hindi the national language the government has to bear an expense of Rs 40 crore. She wrote, "I am proud of all Indian languages. So for us to be spending government resources in seeking to promote Hindi in this manner raises an important question", he said. However, she added that spending money would not serve the objective.

"For us to be spending government resources, for seeking to promote Hindi in this objective raises an important question as to why do we need to make it an official language?" asks Tharoor.

The statement did not go well with several members of the treasury benches who raised the pitch in protest.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the most celebrated Indian politician on social media, is not just an ardent lover of Hindi but masters many other national languages and this video is a proof. The government giving preference to one language is unfair to the more than 50% of Indian citizens that do not speak Hindi.