ICAI President asks members to promote, adopt Hindi in their work, faces critisism
CA. Nihar N Jambusaria, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India [ICAI], has asked his members to promote Hindi and use it in their work and interactions with other stakeholders, eliciting criticism from some quarters who are concerned about overtones of imposing the language.
The Extract of NewsLetter is as given below:
Promoting Hindi Language
At a time when the whole world is looking at India as a global leader, successor and torch bearer, our language must also be a global beacon. With the government’s focus on making India, ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, it also focuses on us being ‘Aatmanirbhar’ with our mother tongue and its nationalistic approach. 14th September is marked as Hindi Diwas and this day gives us a message to be proud of our heritage with a focus on language. I believe there should not be a specific day for Hindi, rather, Hindi should be part of our life. This day reminds us of our heritage and linguistic identity. We should be proudly speaking our rajbhasha on any occasion. Realising the power of our mother tongue Hindi, ICAI is trying to incorporate more use of Hindi into its work culture. As part of the professional behaviour, all the employees took the Rajbhasha Pledge to use and promote Hindi in our lives on this day. Members are also encouraged to adopt Hindi language in their work and interactions with other stakeholders.
Some ICAI members and others have taken to social media to protest the remarks, claiming that an effort is being made to impose Hindi on the members. This is significant because Hindi is not widely spoken in the country’s southern regions.
About the message eliciting concerns in certain quarters, Jambusaria said there is no compulsion on using Hindi language for the members.
“There is no compulsion (on using Hindi). It is a choice… If you want to write in whatever language you want, there is no restriction on anybody,” he told PTI on Sunday.
Jambusaria also said that he would clarify about the issue in the institute’s next monthly newsletter.