Article 351 of Indian Constitution: Directive for development of the Hindi language
Article 351 Directive for development of the Hindi language – Constitution Of India
It shall be the duty of the Union to promote the spread of the Hindi language, to develop it so that it may serve as a medium of expression for all the elements of the composite culture of India and to secure its enrichment by assimilating without interfering with its genius, the forms, style and expressions used in Hindustani and in the other languages of India specified in the Eighth Schedule, and by drawing, wherever necessary or desirable, for its vocabulary, primarily on Sanskrit and secondarily on other languages.
What is Article 351 of Indian Constitution
Article 351 of the Indian Constitution is titled “Directive for development of the Hindi language.” It is a directive principle of state policy and is located in Part IV of the Constitution. Directive principles of state policy are non-justiciable guidelines and recommendations for the government to follow in the governance of the country.
Here are the key points of Article 351:
- Promotion of Hindi Language: Article 351 emphasizes the promotion of the Hindi language for the development and advancement of all aspects of the Hindi language, including its vocabulary and script.
- Duty of the Union: It is the duty of the Union (i.e., the central government) to promote the spread and usage of the Hindi language so that it can serve as a means of communication between the states and the center, and also as a medium of expression for all the elements of the composite culture of India.
- Continuation of English Language: Article 351 also mentions that, until Parliament by law otherwise provides, English shall continue to be used for official purposes of the Union.
Constitution Of India Part 17 Official Language – Articles 343 to 351