Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) MLAs who assaulted a colleague in the House for not speaking in Marathi,dont send their own children to Marathi-medium schools.
A day after MNS MLA Ram Kadam slapped SPs Abu Azmi who pleaded he does not know Marathi well enough to take the oath in the language inquiries by ‘The Indian Express’ revealed that the children of eight of the MNSs 13 MLAs attend English-medium schools.
It is well known that MNS chief Raj Thackerays son Amit passed out of Mumbais exclusive Bombay Scottish school last year,and that he chose to study a foreign language instead of Marathi while he was there.
Rajs daughter Urvashi is currently a student of the same school. Yesterday,Raj wrote to all 288 Maharashtra MLAs reminding them of their responsibility towards Marathi.
• Mayuresh,son of Khadakwasla MLA Ramesh Wanjale who shoved aside the lectern which Azmi wanted to use to take oath,and is one of the four MLAs suspended for four years studies in Class 5 in Springdale High School in Sinhagad. Wanjales elder daughter Sayali is in Class 11 in Punes Sinhagad College,studying in English medium,although her schooling was in the Marathi medium. Younger daughter Disha is in Huzurpaga High School and studies in Marathi medium.
English should be learnt but Marathi should be priority. My son is in an English school but he can speak Marathi fluently and his upbringing is equally Maharashtrian, Wanjale said when asked about the contradiction.
• Aides of Ghatkopar-West MLA Ram Kadam said Kadams son Om goes to a convent school in Mumbais Bandra. Kadam refused to discuss his family,saying it was a personal issue.
• Former Shiv Sainik and MNS leader in the Assembly Bala Nandgaonkars daughter Srushti is a student of Class 3 in the English-medium Arya Vidyamandir in Bandra.
The issue here is the implementation of Marathi as the official language in the governments administrative work, said Nandgaonkar,MLA from Sewree and one of the first senior Sena men to join Raj. Marathi is the only language recognised for administrative work in Maharashtra. We have no opposition to languages as such.
• MNS spokesman and MLA from Mahim,Nitin Sardesais son Yash is a B.Com. student at Mumbais R A Podar College. He attended King Georges High School in Dadar and studied in English medium.
It is an English medium school but Marathi was taught as a subject and the atmosphere there is also Marathi, Sardesai said,referring to the school.
• Nashik-West MLA Nitin Bhosales son Pruthvish is in Class 2 in the English-medium Fravashi International Academy,an elite school which was inaugurated by Raj Thackeray in 2002.
We are not against English language but are emphasising the use of Marathi since it is the mother tongue. Although my son is studying in English medium,he studies Marathi as a subject, Bhosale said.
• Kalyan-Rural MLA Ramesh Patils older son Vicky is doing an MBA in Dubai,while his younger son Vaibhav is in Class 6 at St Teresas in Dombivili.
• Vikhroli MLA Mangesh Sangles three-and-a-half year-old son Himanshu goes to an English playschool in Airoli in Mumbai.
• Kannad (Aurangabad) MLA Harshwardhan Jadhavs son Adityawardhan goes to Toddlers English School in Aurangabad.
• Of the remaining five MLAs,children of Pravin Darekar and Vasant Gite study in Marathi-medium schools. Shishir Shindes and Uttamrao Dhikales grown-up children went to Marathi-medium schools. Prakash Bhoirs children are too young for school.
MNS workers said there was no contradiction between the party fighting for Marathi and its leaders children attending English-medium schools. English has become a priority now and one cannot expect to do well in higher or technical education or in the engineering or medical fields after being schooled in the Marathi medium, said Yeshwant Killedar,a party activist in Mumbai.
We want Marathi people to progress and if English is the medium then its all right. Our upbringing and behaviour will always be Marathi and we always insist on talking the language as much as we can, Killedar added.
(With Swatee Kher)