Abu Asim Azmi hit by MNS MLA for taking oath in Hindi:
MLAs on Monday created a ruckus in the Maharashtra Assembly after
SP MLA Abu Asim Azmi took oath in Hindi.
As Azmi started to take his oath in Hindi, several
His plea may have been rejected by the Gujarat High Court but
agriculturist Suresh Kachchadia believes he has managed to put the
spotlight on an important issue: Isn’t Hindi the national language
of the country?
Kachchadia, 40, had last year filed a
suit in the high court seeking directions to the central and state
governments to make it mandatory for manufacturers of packaged
commodities to print the price and other related details in Hindi.
But the petition was rejected, bringing out that Hindi, though
accepted throughout the country, did not enjoy the official status
of a national language.
Surat-based Kachchadia is unfazed that
the verdict has gone against him and is keen to knock on the doors
of the apex court.
“It is now an important issue and needs
to be taken to its logical end,” Kachchadia, who is of farmer stock,
“I felt strongly on the subject and so
had decided to take the matter up in the high court,” says
Kachchadia, who completed his masters degree in agriculture in 1996
and made a small beginning by starting his own plant nursery in
“I am not against English, but most of
the time the average consumer is not aware of the basic information
that he has a right to know just because these essential details are
written in English instead of Hindi or the regional language,” he
But the judgement on Jan 13 by a bench
headed by Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhyay refused to issue
directions to this effect, saying though the majority of people have
accepted Hindi as the national language, the status has not been
conferred on it.
The court had sought any notification
that may have been issued granting national language status to
Hindi, but no such document could be produced though it was made
known that the constitution had given Hindi the status of official
According to Kachchadia’s counsel
Harshadrai Dave, proceedings of the Constituent Assembly carried
references to a sub-committee for fundamental rights, which refers
to a proposal for making Hindustani the first official language of
the union to unite the nation.
He is planning to move Supreme Court.
“The only obstacle in my path is the
formidable financial expenditure incurred in taking matters up in
the Supreme Court. I propose to take it up once I have applied
myself fully to the matter,” says Kachchadia.
(R.K. Misra can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)