Healthcare Vocabulary: On Developing Regional Languages

A. Ashni
8 min readAug 8, 2020

In 2018, I attended the UNDP National Youth Parliament as a media correspondent. Young delegates from every state in the country came to participate…which brought to the fore a predictable problem.

Floor time was largely spent on voicing grievances about the lack of translators. Delegates from the Hindi belt weren’t comfortable with English, while delegates from the Southern and North-Eastern regions weren’t comfortable with Hindi. I don’t remember what the conference agenda was because we barely got around to it.