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Don’t try to be an Englishman, speak English when there’s a need: Rajnath Singh

Singh also expressed dismay over many children of the present generation not wishing their parents "properly" and just communicating with a "hi" or "bye".

By: Press Trust of India | Noida | Updated: July 4, 2015 7:37 pm
Rajnath Singh, Rajnath Singh expressed dismay over many children of the present generation not wishing their parents “properly” and just communicating with a “hi” or “bye”.

Don’t try to be an Englishman, speak English when there is a need, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday advised students of a private institute here. Addressing the students, Singh said many people had the misconception that he was against English. “One should speak English when there is a need. But don’t try to be an Englishman. ‘English bolne se gyan nahi hota’ (One does not acquire knowledge by speaking English only),” the minister said during his more than half-an-hour long speech delivered in Hindi.

He said no one should hate English but every Indian must have a sense of pride towards his or her own language. “I am not talking about only Hindi but all Indian languages. Khali Angrez nahi bano. Pehle Bharatiya bano. (Don’t become just an Englishman. Be an Indian first),” he said. Singh also expressed dismay over many children of the present generation not wishing their parents “properly” and just communicating with a “hi” or “bye”.

“Mata pita key pair choona aur unka ashirwad lena bhi zaroori hota hain. (It is necessary to touch the feet of parents and take their blessings). If a child is blessed by parents, no one can stop him from reaching the greatest heights in life,” he said. The Home Minister asked the students to always pursue positivity in life as negativity is harmful to the society. “All terrorists are not illiterate. There are many terrorists who are highly educated. But their knowledge is used for negative thinking and negative works. When knowledge is used for negativity, it is bound to be destructive,” he said as he addressed students at Jaypee Institute of Information Technology’s convocation.

The Home Minister asked the students to take pride in India’s rich cultural heritage. “India today is recognised globally for its contribution to Information Technology. Our government is committed to provide digital governance. “Digital India programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not only attract investments but also give
jobs to nearly 18 lakh Indians,” he said.

Singh said India’s software engineers have made the country proud with their talent and sheer hard work. “We need to tap India’s full potential in IT sector,” he said.

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    Amar, London
    Jul 5, 2015 at 1:25 am
    Mr. Singh is right - knowledge can be gained in any language and he should should go and get some ...... in what ever language he desires.
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      Biltu
      Jul 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm
      HONOURABLE MINISTER WE AGREE WITH YOU. BUT WHY DO YOU SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOLS WHILST MAKING SURE POOR CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS DO NOT BECOME FLUENT IN ENGLISH.
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        Biltu
        Jul 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm
        YES BUT THEY ARE THE ELITE AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN A LOW POSITION.
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          Kaliyug
          Jul 6, 2015 at 3:13 am
          Today's children are not born as SHEEP, they want to be the shepherd. So Rajnath take your old ways and retire peacefully, this world is moving forward without a dead horse like your head.
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            Madras Tamilan
            Jul 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm
            Standard Hindi was first developed by the Turkish speakers of Khari boli who migrated from Delhi to the Awadh region—most notably Amir Khusrau, and mixed the roughness of the Khari boli with the relative softness of Awadhi to form a new language which they called "Hindvi." Hindvi later developed into Hindustani—which further diverged as Hindi and Urdu. The British administrators of India and the Christian missionaries pla an important role in creation and promotion of the Khariboli-based Modern Standard Hindustani Do want to be Persian Turkish Man instead
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