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Cradle of culture
India merits a hearing in the UN
14/12/2006

The country that represents 1/6th of humanity curiously falls severely short in terms of representation in international forum. Despite India being among the founding members of the UN, no Indian language gets a representation in the official list of the languages there. A list of English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian & Chinese make their way to the list of official languages of UN. That list surprisingly misses a number of languages spoken by a sizeable population of humanity. According to the World Almanac of Languages (2005), there are about 496 million speakers of Hindi/Urdu (Hindustani) and 215 million of Bengali in the world. The Almanac ranks Hindi and Bengali in the third and seventh position in the list of languages spoken in the world.

Despite that, the status-quo is deliberately maintained in the community of nations, perhaps to pursue the hegemony of the victors of the erstwhile Second World War. It’s high time the world body recognises the legitimate aspirations of India. Indian diplomats and politicians must imbibe the spirit of erstwhile PM A. B. Vajpayee, who gave his UN address in Hindi in 2003.

By:- BE Edit Bureau
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