‘Focus more on Hindi, then learn English’

Stressing the need to know “rashtra bhasha (national language),” Naidu said that the mindset of the average Indian has become “like English” in the process of learning that launguage.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: June 25, 2017 5:46 am
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu launching the book ‘Emergency – Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ in Gandhnagar on Saturday. Javed Raja

INDIANS MUST speak their mother tongue, followed by Hindi, and then English, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said in Ahmedabad on Saturday. “Bhasha (language) and bhavna (emotions) go together,” Naidu said at an event to launch the “Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi,” at Gandhi Ashram here.

Stressing the need to know “rashtra bhasha (national language),” Naidu said that the mindset of the average Indian has become “like English” in the process of learning that launguage. “I was also an anti-Hindi activist (as a youth and student leader in Andhra Pradesh), and had painted with tar on many signboards (written in Hindi) in the beginning. (That was) until I came to Delhi, when I realised that Hindi is a national language and an important link all over (India).”

The collected works, brought out in the centenary year of the Gandhi Ashram, have been published by the Publications Division of I&B Ministry, with association of Gujarat Vidyapith and Gandhi Ashram. “Hindi as rashtra bhasha (national language) is very important, we cannot do without it…. Most people in our country speak Hindi, so learning Hindi is also important…but we should be fluent in our mother language such Gujarati, Marathi, Bhojpuri…” Naidu said, according to PTI.

He also said, “I want that in our education policy we should consider (promoting own language). It is our misfortune that we give too much importance to English medium. Dheere dheere angrezi seekhte seekhte angrezi mind bhi aa gaya hamare mein. Ye acchha nahi hai, desh hith mein nahi hai. (By learning English language, we have developed an English mindset).”

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  1. Bipin
    Jun 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    I guess the H1-B visa people will now have to learn JAVA and CSS coding in Hindi because soon all subjects will be taught in Hindi. Including English. Those who dream of becoming doctors and engineers will now have to clear TOHNL (Test Of Hindi as a National Language) because all medical and engineering entrance exams will be in Hindi. Soon everyone will be forced to read, write and speak in Hindi, even the 80 year old pensioner Murugappa from m because the bank wont give him his pension check unless he signs it in Hindi. Yes Sir! Everyone will have to get on the Hindi bandwagon because if you dont, then you will called an anti-national and prosecuted.
    1. N
      Jun 25, 2017 at 11:09 am
      One tax,one language, one religion, one party-the BJP agenda is well oiled and well stratagised. Ambedkar would have differed,the cons ution does not support the yes minister's stand.The dalits and the oppressed sections should learn the mother tongue more and more and focus on English to survive,struggle and earn a living.The political pundits like Venkaihji will not provide dal and roti for the oppressed.The tokenism of presidential election will not win the hearts of the dalits and the poor.The gimicks will impress the media and the rich and the famous in this country.At a time when even the little that the poor have is being taken away Venkiah will do well shutting his mouth on language and religion and nationalism.
      1. R
        Jun 25, 2017 at 11:04 am
        To, Govt., Pranam, Please in this Political Divide whom language is consider important. Just go to South India, If English is not written in Sign Boards, a person traveling from North India will not able to understand a single word. English unites all regions and global. Don't makes us outdated. Thank you very much. Dhanyawadam.
        1. L
          Jun 25, 2017 at 10:53 am
          Hindi is not national language. Guj High Court judgement clearly says it. Art 343, 344 of Indian Cons ution. Perhaps he is eager to be Vice President by appeasing NaMo.
          1. R
            Jun 25, 2017 at 10:27 am
            This Mustard doesn't contest elections but uses the back door entry !
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