BRIDGE BHASHA

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It was a strange im­passe. Union min­is­ter of state for home Nityanand Rai re­cently called Kerala chief min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan to in­quire about the flood sit­u­a­tion in the state, ex­cept that nei­ther could un­der­stand the other. Rai spoke in Hindi, which Vi­jayan doesn’t un­der­stand. Vi­jayan asked Rai if he could speak in English, but Rai is un­fa­mil­iar with the lan­guage. A while later, Rai’s pri­vate sec­re­tary called the CM’s pri­vate sec­re­tary R. Mo­han, who briefed him about the flood sit­u­a­tion in Kerala. In English.

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