Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar in a tweet on Sunday said that “No language will be imposed.”
This is in line with the on-going controversy around the protests erupting in Tamil Nadu over BJP led Centre government’s draft education plan that allegedly suggests teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
In a tweet in Tamil that followed the thread, Jaishankar said, ‘The Central Government will take the draft of the Education Committee only after hearing the opinions of the people. The government will take all efforts to promote and encourage all Indian languages. The Central Government has no intention of impose any language.’
மத்திய அரசு மக்களின் கருத்துகளை கேட்டறிந்த பிறகே கல்வி குழுவின் வரைவை முன் எடுத்து செல்லும். அரசு அனைத்து இந்திய மொழிகளையும் வளர்க்கவும் ஊக்குவிக்கவும் எல்லா முயற்சியையும் எடுக்கும். எந்த மொழியையும் யார் மீதும் திணிக்கும் எண்ணம் மத்திய அரசுக்கு இல்லை./1
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) June 2, 2019
“The National Education Policy as submitted to the Minister HRD is only a draft report. Feedback shall be obtained from the general public. State governments will be consulted. Only after this, the draft report will be finalised. GoI respects all languages. No language will be imposed,” said Jaishankar in another tweet in the thread.
The hashtag ‘Stop Hindi Imposition’ trended top on Twitter on Saturday after scores of twitterati protested against Modi governments’ alleged imposition of Hindi as a mandatory language in schools in non-Hindi speaking states.
On Saturday, I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar reportedly said that the Centre has no intention of imposing any language. He said it is only a draft that has been issued, which will be decided by the government as per feedback from the public.
HRD minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal clarification too followed.
‘It’s a misconception that new education policy has been put in place. The ministry has only received a draft report that will be sought for public feedback. PM Modi has clearly stated in the past that no language will be imposed on any state’ Ramesh told ANI.