US News: In India, civil servants are encouraged not to say "hello" on phone

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En Inde, le gouvernement local de l’État du Maharashtra a demandé, le 4 octobre 2022, à tous les employés des services publics de ne plus utiliser le mot anglais « Hello ». © Illustration Photo: Pexels in India, the local government of the state of the Maharashtra asked, on October 4, 2022, to all public services employees to no longer use the English word "Hello".

In India, the local government of the state of the Maharashtra asked, on October 4, 2022, to all public services employees to no longer use the English word "Hello" (hello in French) as part of their work. They are strongly invited to use the term Hindu "Vande Mataram". Explanations.

Saying hello is "the least of politeness" generally explain adults to children. In the state of Maharashtra, located in the center-west of India and which houses the city of Bombay, telephone greetings are called to drastically evolve. The reason ? Local authorities are now asking all employees of public services "to no longer use the English word" hello ", [which means hello in English, nldr] to greet their telephone interlocutors" , announced on October 4, 2022 Local newspaper The Indian Express , relayed in the process by French magazine Courrier International .

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A non -compulsory change

Officials are encouraged to use the Indian expression "Vande Mataram". This expression, "means that we bow to our mother" , said the Minister of Local Culture on Sunday, Sudhir Mungantiwar, when launching an awareness campaign for "get rid of the English term usually used In India ”, explains the newspaper The Hindu .

However, this alternative to the usual hello is not the only one. According to the above -mentioned political leader, employees can also use the terms "Jai shri ram", which can be translated by "long life to the god RAM" , a figure of the Hindu pantheon. If the possibilities are multiple to replace the traditional hello, this language change is based on volunteering. It is "not compulsory but only advised" , recalls the English newspaper The Times .

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According to the administration, the term hello, would constitute an "Imitation of Western culture and a" without specific service that does not evoke any emotion "" , details The Indian Express.

Anti -colonial trend

This change of greeting is part of a larger trend in India which aims to suppress the maximum of symbols of British colonialism which still persists today, while the country is no longer a colony under English domination since Its independence on August 15, 1947.

recently other representations of English imperialism were removed as for example "The name change of the famous avenue du Rajpath, in New Delhi, whose name meant" avenue des Rois " , adds international mail or the withdrawal of the cross of Saint-Georges from the flag of the Indian national navy.

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