In yet another discriminatory step against the Punjabi language by the Central government, the ministry of languages has issued a circular stating that all the administrative works being carried out by the Punjab & Sindh Bank branches from now on will be done in Hindi instead of Punjabi.
Last month, the Union government celebrated Hindi pakhwara, or Hindi fortnight, a countrywide mandatory celebration of Hindi at government offices, Public Sector Undertakings, educational institutions and agencies like the Indian Space Research Organisation and National Brain Research Centre that lasted two weeks.
Prof. Joga Singh said that Languages in India were not recognized in accordance with linguistic norms, rather the politics played it's part in this matter and many languages were not recognized in their independent form. Such languages were merely declared as sub-forms of Hindi. For example as per linguistic parameters Bhojpuri was an independent language but it was declared as a sub-form of Hindi.
In a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalaithaa said: "Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language. There has also been a strong social justice and language movement in the state. Hence, any official celebration of 'Sanskrit week' in Tamil Nadu is highly inappropriate".