“Adopt Hindi at work”: ICAI chief starts argument with strange message to accountants


The Hindi tax line once again took center stage with the message from ICAI President Nihar N Jambusaria.

Hindi’s language policy and tax line took center stage again after a bizarre message from the President of ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India), Nihar N Jambusaria, making the promotion of Hindi in the workplace grabbed the headlines.

In his monthly message to members, Nihar N Jambusaria said, “Realizing the power of our native Hindi language, ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) is trying to further integrate Hindi into its working culture. The three ICAI members (auditors and accountants) are “encouraged to adopt the Hindi language in their work and their interactions with other stakeholders,” he added in the message from its president for October 2021.

The message further read: “At a time when the whole world sees India as a world leader, successor and torchbearer, our language must also be a global beacon. With the government’s goal of making India, “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, it also focuses on us being “Aatmanirbhar” with our mother tongue and nationalist approach “.

Several chartered accountants who are members of ICAI have expressed concern over the imposition of Hindi in their workplaces after reading the president’s message. Many were also quick to point out that Nihar N Jambusaria was the head of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and not the “Institute of Chartered Accountants of North India”.

Speaking strongly against such ideas, the president of the Society of Auditors PS Prabhakar said: “The president of ICAI has unnecessarily stirred a hornet’s nest by ‘promoting’ the Hindi language in his monthly message to accountants and I really don’t know who he is. trying to please. “

Prabhakar also said: “His knowledge of both Aatmanirbhar (which has no preference for any language) and the Constitution of India which has not given Rajbhasha / national language status to any language is terribly poor. “

Prabhakar said Nihar N Jambusaria’s attempt is to ridicule the concept of unity in diversity that several national leaders have spoken about.

With three lakh members – one of the largest professional accountancy bodies in the world – ICAI should be at the forefront of the design of accounting standards, which is what Aatmanirbhar really means to the profession, argued Prabhakar.

“Oddly enough, the ICAI spearheads the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which are ‘imported’ accounting standards,” said Prabhakar.

It can be recalled in 2019, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “It is essential that the whole country has a language that becomes its identity in the world.”

His comments sparked strong protests from the DMK party, after which Amit Shah made it clear that he did not want to impose Hindi on anyone.

According to article 343 of the Constitution, Hindi is one of the 22 official languages ​​of India, but not a national language. Even though Hindi remains the most widely spoken mother tongue in the country, 60% of the population speaks a language other than Hindi.

Hindi in Devanagari script as well as English were considered official languages ​​under the 1950 Constitution, which also stipulated that parliamentary business could be conducted in Hindi or English.

In January 2010, even the High Court of Gujarat observed that while a majority of the Hindi-speaking population may have accepted it as their national language, this is not officially the case.


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