Hindi not our mother tongue, don’t enforce it on us: MNS on draft education policy

Hindi not our mother tongue, don't enforce it on us: MNS on draft education policy
MNS’ opposition to the draft policy comes after the Centre clarified that there is no intention of imposing any language on anybody

After facing strong opposition from southern states, the pan-India three language formula proposed in the draft National Education Policy 2019 is now being opposed closer to home by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

The Raj Thackeray-led party spoke against enforcement of Hindi asserting that it is not their mother tongue.

The official Twitter handle of MNS, quoted state leader and spokesperson Anil Shidore as stating “Hindi is not our mother tongue, do not enforce it on us and incite us.”

Last week, a controversy broke out in Tamil Nadu over the three language formula with political parties warning a language war over “attempts” to impose Hindi, even as the Centre clarified that there was no intention to impose any language on anyone.

However, as the controversy snowballed, the Centre dismissed apprehensions on the issue and said there was no move to impose any language on anyone.

“Only a report has been submitted on the new education policy. Government has not taken any decision on it. It has not even considered it and therefore the misunderstanding that the government has decided on the new education policy is not true,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told the media.

“After we will get the public feedback, then only it will come up before the government. More importantly, the Modi government has always promoted all Indian languages and therefore there is no case of or intention of imposing any language on anybody. We want to promote all Indian languages,” he said.

The draft of New Education Policy prepared by the Kasturirangan Committee was released on Friday, which spoke of the continuation of three-language formula in the schools.

MNS’ decision to oppose the policy, especially after clarification from the Union Minister, is likely aimed at evoking the Marathi plank and gaining political mileage ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

Link to Draft National Education Policy PDF

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