The spread of the language is driven largely by demographics and economics rather than any other factors, suggests data from Google and the Census
The draft National Education Policy, which initially proposed introducing three languages including Hindi into the national curriculum, sparked outrage in the southern states. And while the centre quickly retreated to diffuse the situation, for many South Indians, the episode further fuelled the perception that Hindi was being imposed on the South. A contributing factor to this perception of Hindi imposition could be the steady spread of Hindi across India and including the South. The data though paints a more nuanced picture: Hindi is entering the South through migration but is far from affecting South Indian languages.