The other day, I posted a link to my blog avdheshtondak.com with a sentence in “Khadi Boli” on a YouTube channel that read:
‘भाई, पर्सनाल्टी डवलप करणी है के? तो टेम क्यूँ खो रा, आजा मेरी वेबसाइट पै ..’
People Assume Khadi Boli is an Indecent Language
Within minutes, I got a reply from the channel owner. He suggested If I wanted to promote my website, I should be using some decent language. He further added that using such indecent language will give a bad name to my personality and shall spoil the goodwill.
Why Khadi Boli Has Such Bad Reputation?
That gentleman was not alone in taking Khadi Boli for an indecent language. Most of the college students (Khadi Boli native speakers) think it’s an obscene language. They feel ashamed that they belong to a Khadi Boli speaking region. (I mean, what the fuck?)
When you disrespect your mother tongue, you disrespect yourself, your parents, and the region you belong to
These students try hard to improve spoken English.
They even write comments in broken English on social networking sites, speak in broken English in interviews, and group discussions, etc.
They do this because they have been conditioned to see English as the only decent language in the world.
I don’t know who did it or why and when it happened, but how come English is a decent language and Khadi Boli is not?
Decency has nothing to do with a language – it’s the type of words you use that makes you sound decent or indecent. Isn’t calling someone ‘Motherfucker’ in English as bad as calling someone ‘मादरचोद’ in Khadi Boli?
Punjabis speak Punjabi, Biharis can freely talk in Bihari, Bengalis speak Bangla. That’s OK. Not just OK but even cool..and the moment I talk in Khadi Boli, I become ‘Indecent’. Are you out of your goddamn mind?
Native Speakers of Khadi Boli Are the Real Culprits
But I don’t blame that gentleman. The blame is on us. And by “us”, I mean the people from Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Baraut, Baghpat, Shamli, Ghaziabad and other Khadi Boli speaking regions. We disown our language, and that gives people a chance label Khadi Boli indecent.
तम अन्ग्रेज्जि मैं Motherfucker, Shit, Crap, Bitch, Fuck, बोल्लो तो वो तो थारा स्टाइल, अर हम अपणी खड़ी बोल्ली मैं ‘बाहण का लवड़ा‘ कह दै तो हम हो ग्ये indecent. क्या गजब का है logic है भाई थारा भी.
Khadi Boli is one of the richest and colourful languages of India. And yet the general perception is that it is a vulgar and crude language.
In case you didn’t know let me tell you:
Khadi Boli is the mother of today’s standard or modern Hindi. It is the “Gangotri” from which our national language, Hindi has originated.
Yes, I Am a ‘Ganvaar!’
People are familiar with Punjabi, Bihari, Haryanvi, Bangla and many other languages, but Khadi Boli? What the fuck is that?
And it is happening because you (the native speaker of Khadi Boli) are ashamed of it. You don’t speak it even when you have the opportunity. And you do that because you fear people will take you for a ‘Ganvaar’. But aren’t you a Ganvaar? Of course, you are. And by the way, what’s wrong with being a Ganvaar?
The word ‘Ganvaar’ refers to a person belonging to a village. A Ganvaar may not have a refined or sophisticated style of articulating himself, but that doesn’t make him stupid. Well, I am a Ganvaar because I was born in a village named Yahiyapur in Muzaffarnagar and I am not ashamed of being called one.
Now, I am not suggesting that you should speak in Khadi Boli even when the job interview requires you to talk in English. No. That’s not what I mean. I am encouraging you to own and take pride in your roots, upon which the tree of your life shall grow and flourish.
If someone thinks Khadi Boli is indecent, it’s their problem, not mine.
As a native speaker of Khadi Boli, I speak the way I am supposed to. It’s my language, and I fucking own it.