I'm no 'language chauvinists', but i can relate to what you say from my personal experience.
In TN we had to take special interest to learn Hindi (or other Indian language). Few Parents used to do that in 80s - 90s thinking it will be an advantage in job search in future.
Today parents don't see advantage in teaching Hindi, they prefer computer classes / extra math classes etc.
We do readily learn Telugu/Malayalam from our neighbors, so we are quite flexible when it comes to learning new languages.
Your statement about 'Tamils speak in Tamil even with non Tamils' in my view is untrue. You might have noticed a rare incident or a person with kutarkam.
In general, We try not to expose our limitations so that others do not take advantage of....
When i went to Delhi, i found a lot of Tamils in good bureaucratic positions and are quite comfortable in Hindi.
When we go outside state for the first time, we try to find a group of tamils and stay in that circle hoping we can ride the wave. Slowly we realize it does not work and we start learning the language. I assume it is a natural process for all migrants.
We realize that Rikshaw Puller or Vegetable vendor try to take advantage of our limitations and we are also comfortable testing our new skills with them rather than to our colleagues.
Not sure what you meant here.
Sirji, it is a matter of bread and butter. Tamils in Tamil Nadu tend to think they don't need to learn Hindi as it gives no advantanges in Tamil Nadu. Wrong. Even in Tamil Nadu, where you have to interact with N. Indians in large numbers, people learn Hindi. In Rameshwaram, Kanya Kumari, Madurai etc. At such places insistence on Tamil can backfire.
With more and more S. Indians pilgrims, the day is not far when Tamil would be understood in Kurukshetra. Already there are a few sign boards in Gujarati and Bangla.
Those Tamils who go outside for work, do pick up the local language. In Punjab I have seen many S. Indians speaking very good Punjabi. At least one man spoke Punjabi with rustic, farmers' acceent.
Our pandas in Puri, Gayaji etc. are able to speak to us in Punjabi too, though we do know Hindi too. When I was posted at Asansol, I picked up Bangla, even though it was hardly necessary for my survival there.
Take Karuna Nidhi. He can never be an orator in N. India, not with his insistence on speaking in Tamil only. But Modi can address people in TN, with his Hindi plus smattering of Tamil. He is no Gujarati language chauvinist.
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