In India - don't use "hello" anymore!

3 October, 2022
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In India - don't use "hello" anymore!

An Indian state decided to "ban" every "hello" or "hello" in English, because it is too simple and does not carry a strong meaning and does not inflame emotions, in a strange government decision.

Civil servants in the Indian state of Maharashtra were asked to stop saying "hello," the Times reported.

The state government said the word "hello" was Western and superficial, telling civil servants they should greet the public with "Vande Mataram", which means "I bow to you, homeland." The newspaper said the state, including its largest city, Mumbai, is ruled by Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aspires to assert "the cultural superiority of Hinduism and Indian traditions".

This proposal was initially put forward by Maharashtra's Minister of State, Sudhir Mungantiwar, shortly after he was recently sworn in. He later retracted and said that any equivalent word that reflected nationalism could be used.



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