Leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu state assembly and working president of DMK party M.K Stalin while strongly criticising the BJP led Central government stated that it was trying to relegate people who don’t speak Hindi to second-class citizens, and of pushing the sub continent into becoming “Hindia”.
With the backing from the President of India Pranab Mukharjee, the Narendar Modi lead hindutva government at the center has amplified its efforts to enforce its tri-lingual policy by imposing Hindi language onto all students of Kendriya Vidyalaya
Samvad, a discussion forum, held a seminar on topic: “LANGUAGES OF THE SUB-CONTINENT AND THE PROCESS OF INDIAN NATION BUILDING” at Punjabi Bhawan.
Bhai Mandhir Singh presented the Key Note Address during this seminar. This is full video recording of speech of Bhai Mandhir Singh.
Dr. Garga Chatterjee (Assistant Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata), presented his paper on The Linguistic Question In Bengal : The Past And The Present.
Mr. Saket Sahu, Editor of Beni (a Kosali langauge magazine), presented his paper on the topic: “Kosali Language And Its Relations With State & Central Politics” during this seminar.
Dr. Sikander Singh (Assistant Professor, Department Of Punjabi, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib) presented his paper on topic: “Emergence Of Hindi And Its Impact On Other Languages Of The Sub-Continent” during this seminar.
Eminent Punjabi Poet Dr. Surjeet Patar chaired the first session of the seminar. This is video recording of speech of Dr. Surjeet Patar.
Dr. Deepak Pawar (Faculty At The Department Of Civics And Politics, University Of Mumbai) presented his paper on “Marathi Consciousness-Maharashtrian Identity And The Challenges Of The Coexistence Of Linguistic And Multilingual Nationalism” during this semianr.
Mr. Senthil Nathan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu), Federal Coordinator, Campaign For Language Equality And Rights (CLEAR) presented his paper on “Language As A Human Capital For Building A Multinational And Inclusive Federal India”.
Dr. Kanwaljeet Singh (Sri Guru Anged Dev College, Khadur Sahib, Tarntarn) presented his paper on topic: “Philosophy Of Language and the Language of Punjabi Criticism”.
Dr. Sewak Singh, Eternal University (Baru Sahib), presented his paper on topic: “Hindi And Punjabi: Sociolinguistic Relations”. This is video recording of speech of Dr. Sewak Singh.
Dr. Joga Singh, (Professor, Department of Linguistics and Punjabi Lexicography, Punjabi University, Patiala) chaired the second session of this seminar. This is video recording of speech of Professor Joga Singh.
This is video recording of Thanks Giving by Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, one of the organizers of Samvad.