Include regional languages on the Indian passport

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The language policy for passports needs urgent revision. Presently the Indian passports are in English and Hindi. Hindi is only one of the many official languages of the Indian union. Even by generous estimates, the number of Hindi speakers in India are not more than 50% of the population. Having the passport in Hindi is unfair to non-Hindi speakers. It puts them on an unequal position by giving them a secondary place. Many non Hindi speakers can't understand or read Hindi as well.

Thus, the language policy for passports needs to be revised. All Indian passports must be in English and a second language. The option to choose the second language should be given to the person who is applying for a passport. The second language would then be his or her mother tongue. For example, most of the people in Tamil Nadu would choose English and Tamil on their passports.

This policy of inclusion of regional languages in the central government is very critical. Hindi should not be imposed on any non-Hindi speaker. All official languages of the Indian union should be given equal importance.

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