Make sure to enter Hindi as the language spoken at home in this Census on August 10

By Neena Badhwar

Census 2021 and Hindi language as the spoken language in Indian homes – ऑस्ट्रेलिया में बसे भारतियों से और आप सबसे एक आग्रह

ऑस्ट्रेलिया की जनगणना १० अगस्त को होगी । जनगणना मात्र एक ही माध्यम है जिससे हिंदी भाषी लोगों का पता चलता है।
भारत से बसे हुए लोग अधिकतर बहुभाषी है।
English के इलावा हिंदी अधिकतर लोग बोलते और समझते है परंतु जनगणना में दूसरी भाषा लिखते है।
इस कारण से हिंदी भाषी लोगों की गणना क़म है।
कुछ लोग हिंदी लिखना महत्वपूर्ण नहीं समझते या फिर बच्चों के अंग्रेजी बोलने के कारण घर में बोलने वाली भाषा इंग्लिश लिख देते हैं।
अगर हम एक अभियान चलाएं जिससे अधिक़ से अधिक जागरूकता बड़ायी जाए और लोग हिंदी को अपनी दूसरी भाषा लिखेँ।
यह गणना हम भारतियों के लिए भविष्य की योजनाओं का आधार बन सकती है।
अगर संख्या नहीं तो समर्थन लेना नामुमकिन है । पिछली जनगणना के अनुसार हिन्दीभाषी सिर्फ 6.1 प्रतिशत थे जबकि ऑस्ट्रेलिया में बसे हिंदी जानने तथा हिंदी बोलने वाले क्षेत्रो से आये हम भारतीय उन आंकड़ों से कहीं काफी ज़्यादा हैं। इसलिए आपसे विनती है कि घर में बोलने वाली भाषा अगस्त 10 के Census में हिंदी हीं लिखेँ। ऐसा करने से आप ही का लाभ होगा।

Census in Australia will be conducted on August 10 this year.

All the Indians as well as Indian International students students, visitors, relatives who will be there on August 10 in Australia will become part of this huge exercise and will be counted on the day. You will be either visited by a Census worker or may be asked to fill the Census form online. Questions on family, number of people, profession, age, gender, country of origin are all asked. One important section is on language spoken at home.

It is important that Hindi is entered as the language spoken at home.

Many a times the Indian community has taken it up with the Census Board that they should consider adding a question on how many languages are spoken in Indian homes. We are multilingual and any Indian from any region of India knows and speaks at least four languages. I come from Delhi and I speak Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English. We conveniently switch to these languages with no problem. Similarly our children too are brought up in a multilingual home environment. Language was always an issue in India as regional languages took precedent over Hindi but slowly Hindi is getting accepted there as its reach through television, films, and internet has increased. In Australia we are considered as Indians from the country India and not from the region or regional language we speak. Entering Hindi as the language spoken at home will benefit us in every way. Hindi is a recognized subject with proper syllabus designed by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) to teach Hindi in schools.

Currently there are 5,000 Indian children learning Hindi in NSW alone as a school subject.

आप सबसे अनुरोध है कि आप इस सेन्सस में हिंदी को घर में बोलने वाली भाषा लिखें। ऐसा करने से आपका ही लाभ होगा।

For Hindi to be counted in the Census data is beneficial to us all. The government bodies, migrant resource centres, Age-care, councils, television networks, radio and print rely on Census data.

The results of the Census help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, including grants and support to states, counties and communities are spent every year for the next decade.

Census data can assist in policy outcomes in a number of areas, such as assessing programmes on gender equity, the ageing population and infant, children and productive groups or planning, monitoring and evaluating housing, health and welfare programmes.

During election time candidates are fielded depending upon the number of people from a certain community who can help and work towards the betterment of the constituency.

Unfortunately the section where languages spoken at home, there’s only one choice to fill only one language. Many Indian homes do not write Hindi, at times they write English only because the kids make parents also speak English. It is alright that we speak English with our kids because the mainstream language of Australia is English. It is important in that particular column where the languages spoken at home question is asked make sure to write ”˜Hindi’ as we all know, speak and understand Hindi.

Hindi speakers were 6.1% in the top ten languages spoken at home in the last Census in 2016 and stood at number 8 with Punjabi at number 9. We can easily go up the ladder if people enter Hindi to the question about the language spoken at home in this year’s Census on August 10..

It is to our benefit that Indians are counted as Hindi speakers besides English and other regional languages spoken at home. Not only that it unites us all to get the services we ought to get, we will be considered by the governments as a force and our contribution as a whole to the society will be duly recognized.

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