Interior Minister Amit Shah. File | Photo credit: PTI
Senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah has stressed that states should promote education in Hindi or regional languages in technical, medical and legal fields so that the country can harness the talent of non-English speaking students.
Mr. Underlining the importance of education in Hindi and regional languages, Shah said that students can easily develop an original thought process when they study in their mother tongue and this encourages research and innovation.
Language as a barrier: about making native language the medium for higher studies
“Technical education, medical education and law – everything should be taught in Hindi and regional languages. All state governments should take the initiative to properly translate the curriculum of these three areas of education into regional languages,” said Mr. Shah in an interview with MOT.
Suggesting that mother tongue education is easier and faster, Mr Shah said, “It will promote the country’s talent in higher education. Today we can only use five percent of the country’s talent, but with this initiative we could use 100 percent of the country’s talent.” He said that this 5% has an English background, adding that he has nothing against English as a language.
“It is that ‘ maulik chintan‘ (original way of thinking) of a student can easily develop in his mother tongue and there is a strong connection between maulik chintan and anusandhan (research),” said Mr. Shah.
Speaking of his observations on history education, Mr. Shah that he has called on students to “300 ( Jannayak) folk heroes who were not given due justice by historians and thirty such empires who ruled in India and established a very good model of governance.
“Until when we will weep and weep over what others have written about our history and the distortions in it. Our country’s students should research our actual history,” he said.
Should the mother tongue or English be the working language?
The BJP-led governments in the center and in the United States have held programs on various historical icons and their contribution to the country’s freedom struggle and development.
The party sees this as part of its ideological exercise to recall the contribution of indigenous personalities, including many who were reportedly denied credit.