Languages

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Now, this is a clear indication of how languages change. I have always been skeptical of language fanatics. No, I do not say that individual languages should not be protected and promoted, but have never sympathized with the rigidity some self-proclaimed promoters advocate. Languages change, they have always changed and any irrational attempt at their preservation in the so-called “pure form” would only lead to a faster demise. Sometimes, I can not afford to laugh at the fanatic protagonists of preserving Hindi in its pure form (please note that I am pretty much a Hindi lover – so no “great Hindi” campaign is required here). What is Hindi in itself? A result of distorted Sanskrit, leading to the languages of common masses in ancient times, which underwent several modifications and is in one of the forms called Hindi!! Why not fight for Sanskrit itself then??

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

2 thoughts on “Languages

  1. I think it is important to preserve Hindi. I am probably not the best person to back this argument because I really do not speak Hindi very well. But after being in the US, I have realized that other cultures, e.g. Chinese, preserve their language very well and are proud of it. Many people equate preserving Hindi with being traditional and not “modern”. But modernity has nothing to do with it. Hindi is a very sophisticated language, as is English, or Chinese. Why should Hindi become obsolete? And if we replace Hindi words with English one by one, we will soon lose the language as a whole.

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