Even the Bengali migrant workers come and work underpaying menial jobs initially. They learn Malayalam/Tamil and move on to other jobs. Others come to take their place. But my DH who is born and brought up in Chennai has extreme views on Hindi. He knows fluent Hindi. He was taught privately so he also knows to read and write pretty well. He sometimes has coworkers from north India move to Chennai and when he goes down for meetings he’s like this guy is still not talking in Tamil. Dude, the guy barely landed. Give him a year or so to learn a completely new language. No, I learned Kannada in a month. He should also talk in Tamil tomorrow. If God forbid someone talks to him in Hindi, he gets raving mad. It’s like an insult that some brown person assumed he knows Hindi. Although he knows it fluently he will say I don’t know Hindi. Yesterday morning sent him a Salim/Anarkali meme in Hindi. He wants to know why it can’t be in another language like Malayalam. It’s Salim and Anarkali for crying out loud. The abhorrence of Hindi is at another level altogether. Those of us who grew up in other South Indian states don’t have this issue. What amuses me is that he’s perfectly fine with the Brits language. There is no explanation as to why the language of a group of people who abused us for generations is completely ok but Hindi is pure evil. I’ve never understood that. He keeps saying everyone is pushing Hindi on us. His curriculum didn’t even have Hindi. He never got exposed but for my FIL’s insistence. He can never explain where it was forced on him. But it’s forced and enforced. I honestly thought this thread starter had a similar mind set growing up.