Bengaluru: Magsaysay award-winning journalist Ravish Kumar on Sunday termed the Centre’s turning of Hindi into a lingua franca of India as language politics seeking to marginalise the regional languages.
Speaking after inaugurating www.gourilankeshnews.com, a website dedicated to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh, he said people who study in Hindi are deprived of job opportunities.
“They are looking towards the western countries for jobs. The number of people who cracked the IAS exam in Hindi is coming down. About 10 lakh students who write exams in Hindi are failing. In such a state, how can it become every Indian’s language?” Kumar asked.