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Referring to people who criticise him as non-progressive and outdated for delivering his speeches in Hindi, the Union minister said, “I feel pity on those people.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.