National language Hindi and Subhash Chandra Bose


Netaji Subhash was born in Bengal and was avid supporter of his home state and mother tongue but for the unity and nationalism, he supported Hindi to become a the national language. While in India, he continuously pressed to declare Hindi as national language and in support in Berlin, Germany, he established Free India Centre. When he announced free India Government, he accepted `Jai Hind` as slogan for mutual greeting.

For national song he choose `Jana-gana-mana` and for national language, he supported Hindi. It is very clear that Subhash Chandra Bose had farsightedness. He knew that to make India powerful and impressive, a national language is required and only Hindi could be the national language. While speaking in the Congress convention, held at Calcutta on 29 December 1928, as the Chairman of the Welcome Committee, he supported Hindi as National language and the manner in which he spoke clearly shows his love for Hindi. In his speech he said that probably among us, there are a few people who are afraid that Hindi speaking people want to force national language as Hindi. But this doubt is baseless. The objective behind promoting Hindi is whatever work is being done in English is continued with Hindi in future. He said that he loves Bangla more than his beloved mother but to interact with other people in different regions of the nation, knowledge of Hindi of essential. He said that youths of Independent India shall also learn Germanor French or any of the European languages besides Hindi to stay afloat atthe international standard. Otherwise they would not be able to compete other youths. He said that he wants to dispel one misconception that Bengla people areanti-Hindi or have indifferent sentiments. This misconception prevails not only in illiterate but even in educated people. He said that it is totally baseless and it is my duty to contradict it. I do not have vainglory but still I would like to clarify that besides Hindi speaking people, if any other language people have promoted Hindi, than it is Bengalis. Whatever Maharshi Dayanand did and what Mahatma Gandhi is doing, we all are grateful to them. In Bihar for the publicity of Hindi and Devnagari, whatever late Bhudev Mukharjee did, can any Hindi speaking forget? He asked. In Punjab late Naginchandra Rai made relentless efforts to popularize Hindi, which is really unforgettable. He said `I have heard that the work was done by Bengla speaking people in 1880, when Hindi speaking people in Bihar and Punjab did not recognize the importance of Hindi and many were even opposing it. These people could be said as true guide for agitation launched for Hindi. In joint province (now Uttar Pradesh), the owner of Indian Press late Chintamani Ghose had served Hindi throughout his life as it is difficult to find his comparison even in Hindi publishing industry. Justice Shardacharan Mitra had also done praiseworthy work to spread and popularize Hindi. `Hitwarta` was launched by a Bengali person. `Hindi Bangwasi` is still being published by a Bangla speaking person. Many Bangla speaking people are still promoting Hindi. It would be ungratefulness to forget Amritlalji, who is serving Hindi since past 45-46 years. `Kavivar` Ravindranath has translated 100 poems of Kabir in English and Kshitimohan of Shanti Niketan did research on saints and seers and thus, helped Hindi a lot. Since last 15 years, Nagendranath Basu is doing relentless service with `Hindi Kosh`. Ramanand Chatarjee is also serving Hindi. Many tracts and books in Bengla language have been translated in Hindi, which has improved knowledge of Hindi speaking people. I do not boast but want to ask politely that after knowing all this, still anyone has courage to say that we are opponents of Hindi.