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It may be customary for the Union Home Minister, who is also in charge of the Department of Official Language, to make a pitch for greater use of Hindi in official work on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’, observed every year on September 14. However, Home Minister Amit Shah’s remarks this year have raised the hackles of political leaders in some States that do not speak Hindi. The possible reason for the pushback from south Indian leaders to his pitch is that he went beyond the usual general remarks on promoting Hindi, and made sweeping claims that Hindi alone could unite the country, and it was the language which should become India’s “identity” globally. Embedded in his tweets as well as a speech on the occasion was a note of resentment against the continuing influence of English. The Kerala Chief Minister dismissed as absurd the claim that Hindi was a unifying force, and even saw in Mr. Shah’s remarks an attempt to trigger a controversy and to divert attention from real issues. Former Karnataka Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and H. D. Kumaraswamy and DMK president M. K. Stalin questioned Mr. Shah’s remarks and saw in them an attempt to impose Hindi on their States. Few would disagree that imposing a language on the unwilling is hardly unifying, but could turn out to be divisive. Further, national identity cannot be linked to any one language, as it is, by definition, something that transcends linguistic and regional differences.

It is time the Centre realised that the creation of linguistic States has obviated the need for a campaign against a “foreign language” allegedly fostering a slave mentality. Regional languages have become the official languages of the States, and the continued use of English has a strong utilitarian value. While the development of Hindi is undoubtedly a constitutional command the Union government cannot ignore, the manner in which it is done should not give the impression to the States that there is creeping imposition of Hindi. It was only a few months ago that the Centre defused a controversy when it got a paragraph removed from the draft New Education Policy that indicated the mandatory teaching of Hindi. The fact that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is seen as a ‘Hindi-Hindu’ party that encourages unbridled homogenisation also works against it whenever such controversies emerge. It would be disastrous for the country’s famed diversity if the promotion of Hindi is considered a step towards a ‘one nation, one language’ kind of unity. Mr. Shah has spoken simultaneously about the increased use of the mother tongue, but detractors would only see it as an attempt to sugar-coat Hindi imposition and the side-lining of English. According a hegemonic role to the “most-spoken” language in the country may promote cultural homogenisation, but that is hardly desirable in a country with a diverse population, a plural ethos and is a cauldron of many languages and cultures.

Source: - https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/undesirable-anddivisive/article29433431.ece

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What does ‘raising the hackles’ mean in the given paragraph?

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To deny taking responsibility

b.

To become aggressive or angry

c.

Increase the standards

d.

To give up

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We had left the fertile country behind and beneath us. We looked back on it now, the slanting rays of a low sun turning the streams to threads of gold and glowing on the red earth new turned by the plough and the broad tangle of the woodlands. The road in front of us grew (11) and wilder over the huge russet and olive slopes, sprinkled with giant boulders. (12) We passed a moorland cottage, (13) with stone, with no creeper to break its harsh outline. Suddenly we looked down into a cuplike depression patched with stunted oaks and firs which had been twisted and bent by the fury years of the storm. Two narrow, high towers rose over the trees. The driver pointed with his whip.

“Baskerville hall”, said he.

It’s master (14) and was staring with flushed cheeks and shining eyes. A few minutes later, we had reached the lodge gates, a maze of fantastic (15) in wrought iron, and the weather-bitten pillars on either side, blotched with lichens, and surmounted by the boars’ heads of the Baskervilles. The lodge (16) of black granite and bared ribs of rafters, but facing it was a new building, half constructed, the first fruit of Sir Charles’s South African gold.

(17) Gateway, we passed into the avenue, where the leaves were again hushed amid the leaves, and the old trees shot their branches in a somber tunnel over our heads. Baskerville shuddered as he looked up the long, dark drive to where the house glimmered like a ghost at (18) .

Source: - An excerpt from ‘The hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Read the excerpt carefully and fill in the (12) numbered blank with a suitable word.

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then and then

b.

and then

c.

now and then

d.

then and there

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Read the excerpt carefully and fill in the (14) numbered blank with a suitable word.

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had Rosen

b.

have risen

c.

will rise

d.

had risen

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Read the excerpt carefully and fill in the (17) numbered blank with a suitable word.

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through the

b.

though the

c.

throughout

d.

although the

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Read the excerpt carefully and fill in the (16) numbered blank with a suitable word.

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isn’t a ruin

b.

was a ruin

c.

is a ruin

d.

had been a ruin

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Read the excerpt carefully and fill in the (11) numbered blank with a suitable word.

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Blocked

b.

Bloke

c.

Beaker

d.

Bleaker

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Read the excerpt carefully and fill in the (15) numbered blank with a suitable word.

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Tijori

b.

Treason

c.

Tracery

d.

Treasury

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