Last updated: October 14, 2022, 00:29 IST
BJP leader CT Ravi said on Thursday that there is nothing wrong with encouraging Hindi and regional languages instead of English and claimed that the Narendra Modi-led government is promoting mother tongues in various parts of the country. The party’s national secretary general, who is from Karnataka and in charge of BJP’s affairs in Tamil Nadu, refuted criticism from opposition leaders Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin that the Center imposed Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states .
He said people should come out of this “colonial mindset” and linked such a mindset to the use of English. “There’s nothing wrong with getting rid of this mentality and acting like free individuals,” Ravi added.
Vijayan had recently objected to the recommendations of a parliamentary panel that suggested that the medium of instruction in central technical and non-technical higher education institutions such as IITs in Hindi-speaking states should be Hindi and in the respective local languages elsewhere. It further said that the use of English should be made optional.
The Kerala CM had requested the intervention of Prime Minister Modi in the matter. Ravi said the recommendations promote Hindi instead of English, but not instead of regional languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or Marathi.
If a leader writes for the “pride of Malayalam or the pride of Tamil”, our party welcomes that, but if he writes in favor of English it is not appropriate, he said. The BJP leader said leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru also supported the promotion of Hindi and regional languages.
He also noted that the National Education Policy 2020 completed by the Center aims at the promotion of Hindi and all other Indian languages.
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