Deen Dayal Upadhyaya

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Report 'National Status for All Indian Languages'

-Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya
[Organiser, 15 March, 1965]

New Delhi, 10 March “Jana Sangh regards all Indian languages as national languages. And it regards Hindi as the national official language” Shri Deendayal Upadhyaya said here today.

He added, “Our policy Statement was adopted before the recent language disturbances. And it says that Government of India should reply to a letter in the language in which it is received.”

All Languages For Most Purposes

Asked whether he was for Members of parliament being allowed to speak in any Indian language, he said, “Certainly. We could provide for simultaneous translation of speeches made in the Parliament.”

“Does it also mean,” I asked, “that contractors, for example, may quote for central contracts in any Indian language?”

“Why not”, said Deendayal Ji.

He added, “Jana Sangh wants all languages to be equal for all purposes, except that the Union administration itself shall be carried on in Hindi. This is essential because in the same office you cannot allow the use of different languages for drafting, nothing, etc. by employees speaking different languages. If you do, that will be the end of all administration. I hope nobody wants that.”

The Cases Of Left Communists Elected MLAs

About Left Communist detents elected Kerala Assembly, Shri Deendayal said that the best way to reconcile democracy with national security would be for the Government to refer their cases with confidential information which Government says cannot be published to some judicial tribunal.

If such a tribunal holds that detention of some or all of them is necessary for national security Government would be fully justified in keeping them under detention. If it holds otherwise, they should be released.
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