When a senior police officer in Madhya Pradesh used the Urdu phrase ‘Dastayab‘ – referring to the restoration of a lacking merchandise – throughout a gathering attended by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he didn’t know the chain of occasions he would set off.
Not solely was the Superintendent of Police suggested to make use of less complicated phrases and keep away from these from the Mughal period, however the state’s House Minister additionally ordered that Persian and Urdu phrases and phrases will probably be deleted from the official lexicon of the Madhya Pradesh Police.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan has mentioned the police ought to incorporate “easy Hindi phrases” when submitting complaints, investigation and analysis studies, and different formalities.
In impact, round 350 phrases like ‘adam pata‘ (untraceable), ‘tarmeem‘ (modification), ‘ishtgassa‘ (petition), ‘muddayi‘ (complainant), ‘istgasa‘ (criticism letter), and the fateful ‘dastyab‘ will now disappear from use.
The Urdu and Persian phrases had been in use by the police because the days of the British Raj when all issues of presidency have been carried out in Urdu.
Whereas many such phrases have been modified in Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, such directions have been despatched out in Madhya Pradesh for the primary time.
House Minister Dr Narottam Mishra mentioned, “The course of of adjusting such phrases which aren’t in observe will probably be began right here like in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.”
However the Congress has mentioned the transfer will not be a lot to simplify the vocabulary however to ship throughout a political message. In addition they mentioned that dropping these phrases will probably be in opposition to the beliefs of inclusiveness.
Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja mentioned, “It took them 18 years to grasp the that means of those phrases? They need to perceive the that means of homicide, rape, then solely the state of affairs would enhance as a result of as per NCRB (Nationwide Crime Information Bureau), the state of affairs is getting worse. That is simply politics.”