Posted on June 3, 2019, 2:46 PM IST
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER S JAISHANKAR RULES OUT IMPOSITION OF HINDI AS A COMPULSORY LANGUAGE
A draft National Educational policy has been proposed in 2019 whose upshot is to make Hindi compulsory as a subject for students up to class 8th. The proposition which is formulated by a panel helmed by famous scientist K. Kasturirangan has not gone down well with the parties in Tamil Nadu who consider the proposition to be “imposing”. According to the draft education policy a three language programme is being suggested where in Hindi and English shall become the two compulsory languages to be studied and the third compulsory language being the mother tongue endemic to the respective region. While the Hindi speaking states need to include English as well as one language from other parts of the nation.
The newly elected External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted about the said proposition that “The national education policy as submitted to the HRD Minister is only a draft report. Feedback shall be obtained from the general public. State governments will be consulted. Only after that, the draft report will be finalised. The government of India respects all languages. No language will be imposed,"
The tweet came after several political parties from the non Hindi speaking states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, expressed their disconcerting views about the draft policy. Congress MP and a former Union Minister, Shashi Tharoor who recently won the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat has quoted that “The solution is not to abandon the three languages formula but to implement it in a better manner, Most of us in the South learn Hindi as a second language but nobody in the North is learning Malayalam or Tamil”.