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Controversy of 3 language formula

Controversy of 3 language formula
The committee handing over the draft policy to new HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.
CHENNAI, JUN 1 (AGENCIES): | Publish Date: 6/2/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Govt. dismisses fears of Hindi imposition

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s massive victory in Lok Sabha 2019 election, the Hindi debate has once again erupted in Tamil Nadu.

The draft National Education Policy, proposed by Ministry of Human Resources and Development on Friday, suggests teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states. However, there is no clarity if the state language will be taught.

The 500-page report states that non-Hindi speaking states would include the regional language, English and Hindi, while states, where Hindi is spoken, would have English and another modern Indian language in addition to Hindi.

“Students will be required to attain proficiency in discussing their major in at least one Indian language through an appropriate written project or presentation in that language,” the policy says.

This has sparked the Hindi language debate in Tamil Nadu once again.

The School Education minister of Tamil Nadu took the lead in criticising the Hindi-related proposal in the new policy said that the new policy. “Tamil Nadu will follow only two-language policy. Only Tamil and English will bravely march in Tamil Nadu,” said KA Sengottaiyan, whose AIADMK party is an ally of the BJP which rules at the Centre.

The Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu conquered with anti-Hindi sentiments of the government.

AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said, “Imposing Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states will destroy pluralism. This would make non-Hindi speakers second class citizens.”

DMK termed the policy proposal as a direct attack on the state and its linguistic culture. “I warn BJP any such move will cause them a huge disaster,” DMK leader MK Stalin said. MDMK leader Vaiko warned of a “language war”.

Trichy Siva, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Saturday warned the Centre and said that the party is “ready to face any consequences” against any attempt to make Hindi compulsory in Tamil Nadu through the new education policy.

“The attempt to force Hindi language on people of Tamil Nadu will not be tolerated by its people. We are ready to face any consequences to stop Hindi language being forced on the people here,” Siva said here.

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, whose party Makkal Needhi Mayyam managed to get a 3.7 per cent vote share in the recently concluded election, also warned of consequence if Hindi was forced on the people of Tamil Nadu. Kamal Haasan also hinted at the 1965 language agitation in the state.

New National Education Policy: The New Education Policy has been drafted by an expert panel led by Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, a former chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The committee handed over the draft policy to new HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Friday.

The draft said, “Curriculum and pedagogy will be transformed by 2022 in order to minimise rote learning and instead encourage holistic development and 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, scientific temper, communication, collaboration, multilingualism, problem-solving, ethics, social responsibility, and digital literacy.

The policy also suggests changes in teaching and assessment to make the education system more stress-free. The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. New education policy was part of the BJP’s manifesto ahead of 2014 general polls.

‘No language will be imposed’: Pokhriyal 

Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal on Saturday denied that the government was planning to impose Hindi in schools in Tamil Nadu. This comes after politicians across the political spectrum in the state protested against the emphasis on Hindi in the draft education policy submitted to the Central government on Friday, NDTV reported.

“Public feedback will be sought, it is a misunderstanding that it has become a policy,” the minister said, according to ANI. “No language will be imposed on any state.”

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