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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says children should learn Hindi

"Otherwise you cannot become acceptable at the national level," Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published: November 23, 2017 10:08 pm
Chennai: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at a “Special Convocation” at SRM University on the outskirts of Chennai on Thursday. (PTI Photo)

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday emphasised the importance of being proficient in one’s mother tongue and said children should also learn Hindi.

“After learning your mother tongue, if you want to learn English no problem, but I must tell you..I know I am in Chennai..(but) children should also learn Hindi,” he said. “It should not be forced at all. Nobody should force any language on anybody,” he said.

Tamil Nadu has a long political history of opposition to alleged “Hindi imposition,” by the Central government. Naidu was addressing students at SRM University’s Special Convocation at Kattankolathur in Kancheepuram District near here.

The vice president said though one could do well in their respective states by being proficient in their respective mother tongue, for a national level role, he said Hindi should be learnt. “Otherwise you cannot become acceptable at the national level,” he said.

Narrating his own experience, Naidu said when he went to New Delhi he realised that he could not learn effective Hindi in his student days as he had participated in anti-Hindi agitation then. “We went to streets saying Hindi down down,” he recalled.

Stating that he alongwith others had smeared tar on Hindi letters, he said he realised that he had, in fact, painted his face with tar (by not learning Hindi) and not the post office box with Hindi letters. Besides his hardwork and commitment, his ability to communicate with people in different parts of the country stood him in good stead, he noted.

Advocating learning as many languages as possible be it English, French or German, he said the primary importance must be attached to one’s mother tongue in which one needs to be “efficient and proficient.” He recalled his experience that world leaders who visited India, be it the French or Russian president, spoke in their respective mother tongue though some of them knew English.

On education, he said “We need to move to digital technologies and the universities have to change their delivery modes and adopt curricula which are relevant.” Naidu said education is the single most important element in converting “our young population into national assets.”

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister, K P Anbalagan, SRM University founder chancellor, T R Paarivendhar and students participated in the event.

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    Suchitra Gopinath
    Nov 29, 2017 at 11:34 pm
    Nationalism is a dead creed for those with common sense and basic education. Someone once said that nationalism is the virtue of the vicious. Watch it working in many spaces: religious, culinary, linguistic, and other cultural spaces. Those that perpetrate this have donned the mantle to justify the ways of 'their' gods to man.
    1. D
      Nov 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm
      “Otherwise you cannot become acceptable at the national level,” he said. We are talking of the same s£# that non Hindi speaking citizens are treated as second class. Vengaya Naidu has the courage to accept that s £#
      1. C
        Nov 24, 2017 at 7:46 am
        First, there is no official status of "Hindi" in the cons ution. Second as per his comment, "primary importance must be attached to one’s mother tongue" debunks and disavows his own claim, for most Indians do not have Hindi as their mother tongue. This whole obsession with the imposition of Hindi is restrictive to the growth of our nation, for it is English, beyond all doubt that forms the fundamental language of our cons ution, correspondence, higher education, work, business communication etc. In actual practice it is English that is our national language however much we might hate the British and their imperialism. Had it not been for English, we would have just been another Syria, if not worse by now.
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          Rajesh Sharma
          Nov 23, 2017 at 11:29 pm
          Everybody knows that those who learn Hindi will be condemned to become life-long coolies. So nobody will learn this mongrel language spoken by people in the BIMARU states.
          1. M
            Nov 23, 2017 at 10:16 pm
            Will you give jobs in RSS/BJP Media Cell after they learn Hindi?
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