English not origin of knowledge, mother tongue should be taught first: Rajnath

Rajnath asked the students to never believe that knowledge and science have come from the English language.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: April 11, 2015 6:21 am
rajnath singh, Rajnath asked the students to never believe that knowledge and science have come from the English language.

Urging youths to have a strong command on their mother tongue, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said learning of vernacular languages instead of English should be promoted to keep people connected with their cultural roots.

Addressing college students in a ‘Chhatra Samvad’ programme organised by ABVP in Lucknow, Rajnath asked youths not to feel ashamed of their mother tongues. “Do not let an inferiority complex develop in yourself for knowing your mother tongue. Every Indian language has its own significance,” Rajnath said.

Rajnath asked the students to never believe that knowledge and science have come from the English language. He said a message should be displayed in every educational institution asking people to take pride in their mother tongue.

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Referring to people who criticise him as non-progressive and outdated for delivering his speeches in Hindi, the Union minister said, “I feel pity on those people. Knowledge of any language is not bad. You learn and speak English, but you should have command on your mother tongue as well.”

Recalling former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had delivered his speech in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly, he said, “I, too, delivered speech there in Hindi. Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi also presented his issues in the UN General Assembly in Hindi. There should be a feeling of self respect for both -language and dressing.”

Asking the current generation to abandon the modern culture of saying “hello”, “hi”, and “bye”, Rajnath told the students to touch the feet of their parents, instead. “The peace you will get by touching feet of mother could never be felt by saying ‘hello’ and ‘hi’,” he said.

Further, Rajnath said that young terrorists may be leducated and high-tech but they are engaged in wrong work because they were disconnected from their culture and roots.

He also noted that Pakistan pleaded for intervention from the United Nations and agreed for bilateral talks with India last year when he as Home Minister directed security forces to give a strong reply to the killing of five civilians by Pakistani Army on the border last year.

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  1. Haradhan Mandal
    Apr 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm
    Promote language - but not parochialism, chauvinism, sectarianism and ,above all, don't give a language a communal/provincial/parochial (and sometimes elite) flavor,ideny or purpose to continue or to preserve it. Don't sanitize Hindi by (by removing Urdu or Persian words and/or sanskritizing it to a ridiculous level/extent ) and by calling it a "shudh" or "chaste" Hindi. The language, if I am not wrong, used to be called Hindusthani (and Hindi are the people ( who spoke that language) - And - English is very much an Indian Language now!
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    1. Janaki Narayanan
      Apr 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm
      Nonsense. Govt. is not selecting your mother tongue. Your parents declares it when they take you to school. If your parents wants Scandinavian as your mother tongue they are free to take you to a school where it is taught. If it is available only in another continent, just bad luck for you.
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        Regrets
        Apr 12, 2015 at 5:44 am
        He is just a converted South Indian talking out with prejudice.
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          Regrets
          Apr 12, 2015 at 5:34 am
          Only Indians think English is also an Indian language. In other countries when Indians talk in English , they think of us as peculiar fools.
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            Ashutosh
            Apr 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm
            ENGINEERING / MEDICAL / ACCOUNTING / COMMERCE ALL TECHNICAL FIELDS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN LOCAL LANGUAGES - SEE AN CHINA FRANCE GERMANY AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE ALL THESE ARE BEING STUDIED IN THEIR LOCAL LANGUAGES. A VERY GOOD MOVE - WILL ENCOURAGE MANY TO STUDY
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