Amid a heated controversy over the draft national education policy which favors compulsory Hindi teaching to Class 8, The External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar reasserted on Sunday the government’s position that the language is respected and no language is ‘ imposed.
“The HRD Minister’s national educational policy is a draft report alone. Feedback from the general public shall be received.Governments of states are to be consulted. The draft report will only be finalized after that. The Indian government respects every language. It won’t impose any language” he said in a tweet.
The minister’s remark follows on from the apprehensions of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Western Bengal political party and academics about the proposed policy on education.They warned the Center that any language would be imposed against the wishes of States.
The central government previously said that it had not decided on the draft education policy and had no intention of imposing any language.
The Kasturirangan Committee recommended that Hindi, English, and one regional language be taught in non-Hindi states ; Hindi, English and one Indian language be taught in Hindi, other parts of the country.
On Sunday, the Vice-President MVenkaiah Naidu urged the whole report to be reviewed rather than hastily reacted.”I’m urging all … Be quick before reaching conclusions, don’t be hasty. Review, study, discuss and analyze the whole report, react to the government’s role following discussion”, He said at an address to the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) “Industry Academy Interaction for Improving Quality of Academics” here.
He said that the key issues that disturb people’s minds were very important in education and that all concerned deserved their attention.
He made the clear reference to the reactions of Tamil Nadu political parties, which alleged that a proposed policy is aimed at imposing Hindi. “Some people in our country for political reasons or for other reasons have the habit of saying something at once by seeing the news headlines.
“We shouldn’t see language quarrels,” he remarked.
“In the mother tongue, children can better understand basics. English is needed also, but it should be after the foundation has been laid,” he said.
He proposed that north Indians should learn south Indians languages and south Indians should learn north Indians languages for national integration.