Marathi is language said to be spoken by Marathi Manus, but who is this Marathi Manus the (true) Marathi Manus is a genuine and patriotic Indian first, akin all other Indians in all other regions and states of India. The Marathi Manus communicates in his mother tongue (Marathi) in his home and outside the home with his relatives, friends, and colleagues at work place (unless it is not barred to speak in marathi at work place, but at work place the most important thing is to focus on work instead of enquiring about who speaks in what language!) as is the case in other states also when personnel communicate in their respective regional languages, (again unless the regional language is not barred for communication at work place). So here there is nothing dreadful if Marathi Manus speaks in his mother tongue in his native place, isn’t it?
But in fact this was not the state of affair or at present also to some extent inhabitants of Maharashtra are feeling inferiority complex to communicate in their mother tongue with contemporaries and started using English as the medium of communication not only at the work place (which is pertinent!) but also with friends (and with some not so close relatives) to illustrate superiority complex by giving an impression that they are habitual to speak in this (third) language even the first language of communication in Maharashtra is our beautiful language Marathi. What transpired due to this, people in Maharashtra specifically those in remote and village side areas started considering Marathi as a trivial language for communication since, the well educated and highly qualified inhabitants estranged themselves from less qualified and unlearned inhabitants, giving an impression that they no longer consider Marathi as a suitable language for communication, consequently Marathi became trivial and frivolous, so the culture and traditions which were followed since the ages. Western culture started dominating the indigenous culture.
Just one and half decades back when globalization and privatization started to boost Indian economy and India started becoming popular as global outsourcing hub in particular cities like Bombay now Mumbai, Bangalore now Benguluru, Madras now Chennai, Calcutta now Kolkata (I still don’t understand what difference is made by these changed names of these cities!) and Delhi as companies had started hiring inhabitants from different states, but the major bulk of them were recruited from companies located in Maharashtra (Majorly in Mumbai) and the result is burst of population and that’s why it is said to be the city where people from almost every religion dwell, which also means people from almost all the states of India speaking there native languages (so be it Bengali, Malayalam, Gujarati, Kashmiri, Marwari, Punjabi, Kannada) settled in this city becoming popular by the name ‘city of dreams’, subsequently populace preferred English as the common language of communication but not just the language English people’s culture also preferred over indigenous culture, which gave birth to materialistic brain wave of superiority complex and inferiority complex among marathis and non-marathis.
The motive of the movement, which is going on in Maharashtra, (should be) to thwart westernization of indigenous cultures (all over India!) and make Marathi non-trivial yet again which is contemporarily deprived in its own state from where it originated and inherited its name, previously known as Maharshtri and then Marhatti/Mahratti. But the political parties across Maharashtra specifically in Mumbai have taken a wicked path of violence, using abusive speeches and beating political leaders publically to enforce them to respect Marathi and Maharashtra and in the corollary (for all non-marathi as well as for non-maharashtrians) marathi and maharashtrians became odium and maharashtrians (Marathi) communicating in marathi are seen with contempt and considered to be supporting these political parties but the fact is not the same in most of the cases as there are people who still love to communicate in marathi simply because they feel expression of emotions is so fluent in marathi as compared to other languages (which is very obvious if one is born and brought up in Maharashtra!) in spite of having great command over English or Hindi or any foreign language for that matter and I don’t see any reason why they should not do so, in their own native place……….
Talking about other states in India, say for example Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Orissa, West Bengal, Sikkim, and Assam you have to know and understand at least routinely spoken words and sentences in these respective states, which furnish great help while commuting, shopping, and collecting information (about anything and almost everything), same is the logic in Maharashtra also! People out here don’t expect non-Marathis to speak in Marathi exactly the way they speak but they expect people from outside Maharashtra State to at least understand Marathi and not to consider them inferior or mediocre if they communicate in their native language, as is the case with most of the states in India concerning about respective native languages.