Indian Politics is one of the most interesting politics I can say. Disclaimer: I have never read politics of other countries.
I was surfing the internet and suddenly (not intentionally) found that Tamil was the second official language for Haryana for many years. Now I have read many books on Punjab and Haryana disputes, separation of Punjab and Haryana but somehow I missed out that Tamil was official language of Haryana for more than 40 years.
Why Tamil became the second official language of Haryana? The credit goes to Bansi Lal, the then Chief Minister who as per the old people wanted to make any language the official language but Punjabi.
Wikipedia mentions, “Bansi Lal thought, "Let any language other than Punjabi be the second language of the state". Hence, Tamil became the second state language even though there might not have been even a single Tamil native family in the state”.”
Recently in 2010, Punjabi and not Tamil was declared the second official language of Haryana. Some say this was out of political intention as there are more Punjabi speakers than Tamils in Haryana. In places like Ambala, Punjabi is commonly spoken.
The mother tongue of Haryana is Haryanvi however most people don’t understand the difference between “bhasha” and “boli”. Haryanvi is actually a boli. Hence Hindi is the predominant language in Haryana and this was one of the reasons of Punjab Haryana Separation.
Historically the objective of Punjabi Suba Movement was to make a separate state for Punjabi People as issues related to Sikhs were coming up. Unfortunately that continued even after the formation of Haryana and (arguably) still continues today.
Tamil was the second official language of Haryana for political reasons and replaced by Punjabi for political reasons as well.
Author - Archit
लाभस्तेषां जयस्तेषां कुतस्तेषां पराजयः I येषामिन्दीवरश्यामो हृदयस्थो जनार्दनः II