Shashi Tharoor and Sushma Swaraj fought about making Hindi the official language of India at the United Nations. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, during the Winter session of Parliament, Sushma Swaraj put forth the opinion to make Hindi the official language of India in the United Nations. Shashi Tharoor was in opposition of the opinion, and said that Hindi is not the national language of India, it is the Official language. He stated that there is nothing wrong with taking pride in the Hind language, but it would be wrong to impose on Minister who don’t speak Hindi.
Sushma Swaraj, claimed that Tharoor was being ignorant, telling him that if he thinks that Hindi language is only spoken in India, then he is being ignorant about the reach of the language. She further stated that there are rules in the United Nations that make it difficult for Hindi to become the Official language of India because the rules state that the decision should be supported by two thirds of the members. It is also important to note that all the nations have to bear the expense of making Hindi the official language of India. She also noted the problem isn’t that they won’t get the support of two thirds of members, but it is that the small nations becomes hesitant to bear the expense of making Hindi the official language of India.
The topic of making Hindi the official language is now being contested by the public on the social media, where people are asking why is it necessary to make Hindi the official language of India when it isn’t even spoken regularly in most parts of the country, while others have pointed out that people who want to learn the language can do so, but there is no obligation to do so.