The new draft education policy promising to impose Hindi as a third language in non-hindi speaking states kicked up a storm. Recently to express rage over the issue was former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.
Siddaramaiah posted a thread of tweets on micro-blogging platform twitter with the hashtag #StopHindiImposition.
Ours is a land that exhibits Unity in Diversity. Peaceful coexistence is the need to establish harmony &any force shall work against the laws of society.
For us Kannada is an identity, &learning any other language should be by Choice & not by imposition.#StopHindiImposition
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) June 3, 2019
The MNS led by Raj Thackeray has warned the Centre to not incite them. Again via twitter MNS said, “Hindi is not our mother tongue, do not enforce it on us and incite us.”
Tamil Nadu, which was the first state to launch a protest against the draft National Education Policy, DMK is most likely to pass a resolution against the move.
MP-elect from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor speaking with ANI said, “Most of us in the South learn Hindi as a second language but nobody in the North is learning Malayalam or Tamil.”
Meanwhile, the central government have used all their heavy weights including the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to defend the government’s draft policy.
Former Education Minister Javadekar, on Saturday clarified that the committee had only prepared a draft report and no decision has been taken on implementing it.
The draft of the new National Education Policy was proposed by the panel constituted by Javadekar when he was HRD minister in the previous Modi government, had suggested teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
Ramesh Pokhriyal has taken over as the new HRD minister last week.
Source : Various