Bhasha ni Bhelpuri
I was compelled to write about the use of languages in our daily life because recently I presented a research paper in a seminar which discussed the fate of Indian languages in the 21st century. True, that Indian languages lie neglected, but they are not going to die. We have managed to preserve our languages from all sort of onslaughts and we can continue to do so even now. Who said it is the English language which is threatening us? We are ourselves responsible for the sorry state of our languages. English is the need of the hour and this reality has to be accepted. Knowledge of English will certainly help us go far ahead. But we must not be rigid about using only English or only our mother tongue, we must strive to acquire proficiency over more number of languages. Is it not better to speak in many different languages?
Language is the essence of any culture. If culture has to survive, then language inevitably has to be preserved. Literary works in the language and their reader base can help make the language strong. Today, the reality of languages is like a 'bhelpuri'. It has all the ingridients mixed in it but still retains the flavour that is true to its own. That is what makes it lip smacking and that is what will keep languages interesting to use, now and in the future.