Monday, August 8, 2022

Naga Students’ Federation, North East Students’ Organisation oppose move to make Hindi subject compulsory

Expressing strong opposition to the move to make Hindi as compulsory subject till Class X in Northeast states, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) Tuesday urged the Centre to revoke its decision to maintain peaceful co-existence and avoid any further misunderstandings.
NSF president Kegwayhun Tep secretary education Medovi Rhi stated that there were many indigenous groups in the Northeast region with diverse culture, race, language and religion. NSF said that “compulsory imposition” of a particular language would only “propagate” disunity and misunderstanding among the peace-loving citizens and indigenous people of Northeast states.
Further, NSF said that the move would also undermine the languages of ethnic groups of Northeast region and compromise its richness and uniqueness.
NSF stated that indigenous languages having its rich values were the identity of the multiple communities making Northeast “a diverse region in all dimensions.”
NSF asserted that making Hindi a compulsory subject would only invite confusions, hurdles and discomfort for the student community and the Naga people in general. NSF affirmed to safeguard the interests and sentiments of the Naga people in particular and the NER in general as the entire region was against the proposed imposition.
NESO: North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has also expressed its strong opposition to the proposal to make the Hindi subject compulsory till class X in all the eight North Eastern States.
In a representation addressed to the Union Minister of Home Affairs, the NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa and secretary general Sinam Prakash Singh pointed out that Hindi language accounts for approximately 40-43 percent of native speakers in India.
However, NESO stated that imposition of Hindi as a compulsory subject in the NER will be detrimental not only for the propagation and dissemination of the indigenous languages but also to students who will be compelled to add another compulsory subject to their already vast syllabus.
“NESO is vehemently against this policy and will continue to oppose as it had done in the past,” the organisation said.
NESO, a conglomeration of eight student bodies representing the seven states of the North Eastern Region (NER), stated that such a move will not usher in unity but will be a tool to create apprehensions and disharmony.
Also, NESO said that a move to make one of the MIL subjects as compulsory was more or less like belittling the indigenous language spoken and written by a particular community.
NESO has, therefore, urged the union home minister to withdraw “such an unfavourable policy” and instead should focus on how to further uplift the indigenous languages of the North East region.
NESO advocated that indigenous languages should be made compulsory in their native states till Class X and Hindi should remain as an optional or elective subject.
In the light of the above, NESO urged the home ministry and the parliamentary official
language committee to revoke the previous decision and instead take due consideration of its proposals and suggestions.
NESO is a conglomeration of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), the Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU).


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