What do they know of India who only Hindi know?

KIRAN RAO BATNI writes: At a Hindi Day function on Tuesday, 14 September 2010, Union home minister Palaniappan Chidambaram apparently gave the following as the reason why (central) government departments must increase use of Hindi in their day-to-day work:

“For effective implementation of developmental schemes, it is necessary to reach out to people in their own language.”

I’m dying to ask Mr Chidambaram one very simple question: Who are the “people” you’re referring to, and what is their language?

Are you referring to the people of the Hindi-speaking States only?

Is your definition of India limited to those States?

Have you grown blind to the rest of India which speaks ever so many tongues?

Have you forgotten that your own tongue speaks Tamil at home?

How can anybody sane use the singular noun “language” when refering to the different tongues that Indians speak, the different tongues in which they need to be “reached out” to?

What do you know about that India which you call home, minister?