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Linguistic fanaticism

One’s attachment to one’s language or rather, one’s mother tongue is quite natural but when it crosses all limits and tends to ignore or condemn other languages, the love becomes blind and self-defeating. These people, especially the purists among them would not allow any new words or phrases to enter into their beloved language, if those words or phrases are from some other language. No language is perfect and it is difficult to keep pace with the rapid progress of science and technology which produce new words at regular intervals. If the purists are adamant, they are forced to coin an alternative word (which could be understood only by them!). On the other hand, there are those who enrich their language by borrowing the widely accepted new words. The linguistic fanatics are so attached to their language that they want it to become the monarch of all it surveys in their states so that the people as a whole will be left with no choice. Of course they have the blessings of most of the politicians. The modern generation is aware of the fact that it will be of great help to them if they learn a couple of other languages and, of course an international language as well. In view of this, the younger generation in India must assert their right to learn other languages including an international language.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

3 Comments on “Linguistic fanaticism

  1. Of late some places in India have witnessed very overt and unnecessary linguistic sentiments that have threatened into full fledged regionalism! One can recall actions in Maharashtra initiated by the Raj Thakeray led MNS, in the not so distant past!

    Gradually, Tamil Nadu too seems to be headed just that way! I’m saying that too much importance is being given to something that is merely a medium of communication. To claim superiority or uncharacteristic pride merely on the basis of a language is foolishness and militant regionalism coming together!

    Surely, we are headed for some turbulent times ahead!

  2. with due respect….am not a religious or linguistic fanatic…in a NEUTRAL STAND POINT…IF LINGUISM IS JUST FANATICISM OF JUST A MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION…………think deep ..deeper….NATIONALISM can be quoted as FANATICISM OF MAN MADE BORDERS!!!! ……. think before u speak…or listen to INTELLECTS 😉 ——with no idea of secessionism am a proud INDIAN TAMIL

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