Your editorial, “Not a good decision” (April 19) has rightly pointed out that the decision to make Hindi compulsory till class tenth in CBSE – affiliated schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas is expected to evoke reaction from states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala etc where earlier attempt to impose Hindi has been met with fierce resistance. A regional language like Hindi must not be imposed in our country. On being asked about his views on Hindi being the common language of India, Sri Aurobindo had said, “English will be all right and even necessary if India is to be an international State. In that case English has to be the medium of expression, especially as English is now replacing French as a world – language” (‘Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo’, p – 587). Had we paid heed to the pragmatic views of Sri Aurobindo, India could have taken a big step forward towards national unity. The need of the hour is to review our language policy and to stop imposing Hindi.
Sujit De, Kolkata