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malayalam monday

2009-06-01

From the Gulf Times:

Nurses in trouble for speaking in Malayalam

IANS/New Delhi

Two nurses, who were asked to resign for speaking to each other in Malayalam at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, will now take up the matter with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Hospital authorities, however, said the two are “still with the hospital”.

The nurses greeted each other at the lift lobby in Malayalam, not realising that the nursing superintendent was behind them.

“We have been apologising to her since but we were not allowed to enter the ward after that,” one of the nurses said.

The two are still trying to “sort out the matter peacefully,” but the superintendent “refuses to speak,” she added.

The hospital, meanwhile, claimed speaking in any ‘native language’ within the premises is strictly banned — something the nurses are well aware of.

“Still the hospital has not asked them to leave — they are still with the hospital. It was simply a case of the boss reprimanding her juniors for not following rules and speaking in Malayalam inside the building,” Parul Chabra, the hospital’s public relations official, said.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 2009-06-02 1:45 AM

    I am with the hospital here. Such rules are needed to maintain an amicable work environment. Especially in our country where regionalism and groupism abound. I know of companies that have made English the mandatory work place language and many companies have passed rules to ensure that managers do not take more than two people from the same region/religion as them.

  2. 2009-06-02 6:36 AM

    I remember my mom sharing stories about when she was in nursing school in Rajasthan and practically learned Hindi overnight because they weren’t allowed to speak Malayalam, even though most of the students were from Kerala.

    Hearing about these rules are particularly interesting because of all of the conversation in the US about the use of language in public places. “English only” signs usually indicate ethnocentrism and usually not a safe space for immigrants. I wonder how this is different than the US where there is language uniformity among the states.

  3. Mallory permalink
    2009-06-02 10:25 PM

    Ok. This just sounds like communism. Or some -ism. That’s just dumb. There’s much greater things to be tightening the noose on and this is what they choose to deal with? Banning nurses from their jobs because they said hi in their mother tongue? Ridiculous.

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