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No ban on English,nothing compulsory either: Mulayam

A day after the Samajwadi Party claimed that its election manifesto was misquoted on ‘non-compulsion of English’,party president Mulayam Singh Yadav said English has corrupted the Indian culture.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
April 14, 2009 1:47:48 am

A day after the Samajwadi Party claimed that its election manifesto was misquoted on ‘non-compulsion of English’,party president Mulayam Singh Yadav said English has corrupted the Indian culture.

Addressing a public meeting in support of Sushila Saroj,the SP candidate in Mohanlalganj on Monday,Yadav said: “Decades ago,children used to call their mother ‘Amma’,which later changed to just ‘Maa’. However with influence of English increasing in our daily life,today kids prefer calling their mothers as ‘Mum’ or ‘Mom’. What kind of culture we are getting into.” The SP leader added,“It is because of this cultural degeneration that we emphasised not to make English compulsory.”

He,however,was quick to add that the SP is not banning English but wanted to promote Indian languages. “We want to promote regional languages like Tamil,Urdu or Punjabi along with our national language Hindi. We do not want to ban English but it should not be made compulsory in schools and competitive exams,” Mulayam said.

He added that the SP opposed English as a replacement for the national language Hindi.

The SP president even took credit for the speech of Atal Bihari Vajpayee that he delivered in Hindi at United Nations General Assembly. “Many years ago,Atal Bihari Vajpayee had delivered a Hindi speech at the United National General Assembly. It was me who had written him a letter requesting him to address the gathering in Hindi. After that only Vajpayeeji got his speech translated into Hindi.”

Mulayam said if English was made an optional language and regional languages were introduced in exams for government jobs,students from rural areas will be able to qualify for prestigious administrative positions. “India’s maximum population lives in rural areas and promotion of regional languages could help our citizens in their profession,” he said.

The SP leader also seemed pleased that the confusion over the party’s stand on English has captured limelight. “Our manifesto never used to make national headlines. However,this is the first time when the SP manifesto has been discussed at the national level. I am happy that the confusion over party’s stand on English has brought our manifesto into national debate,” he added.

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