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"Policy Will Be Decided After Public Feedback," Says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Backing Centre's Stance On The Three-language Proposal In Schools

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has tweeted saying that the final decision on the policy will be taken after getting public feedback
  • Earlier on Saturday, many Tamil political leaders had raised objections against the Centre's proposal to introduce a three-language system in schools calling it a 'Hindi Imposition'
  • Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had said that there was 'no intention' to impose any language on people and that the government wants to promote 'all Indian languages'

Standing by Centre's stance on its three-language proposal in its new academic policy, Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Sunday has tweeted saying that the final decision on the policy will be taken after getting public feedback.

She also added that PM Modi's "One India Great India" policy aimed at promoting all Indian languages and that the Centre would always support the development of ancient languages such as Tamil.

The tweet read: After listening to public feedback, the academic policy for schools will be decided. The Prime Minister started the policy- "One India Great India"  for promoting all Indian languages. For the development of the ancient Tamil language, the Central government  will stand in support

WATCH: Congress Leader Chidambaram Backs DMK's Opposing Stance Against Centre's Proposed Three-language System In Schools

Earlier on Saturday, many political leaders like DMK president MK Stalin, MNM chief Kamal Haasan, DMK leader Kanimozhi, Congress leader P Chidambaram had raised objections against the Centre's proposal to introduce a three-language system in schools calling it a 'Hindi Imposition'.

DMK chief M K Stalin had said that the imposition will cause a mass revolt and has said that his MPs would take up this issue in the parliament.

"There is no space for Hindi in the blood of Tamilians. Imposing Hindi on Tamil Nadu would be similar to throwing stones at a beehive," said Stalin adding that he would wage war against the BJP over this. 

Echoing the DMK's opposing stance, Congress Leader P Chidambaram had claimed that BJP government's true face is seen in its new academic policy's draft.

The tweet read: BJP government's true face has emerged. In its new academic policy, from the 1st class itself in schools, they have introduced the three-language system

'No Intention Of Imposing Hindi': Government Clarifies On Three-language Proposal For Schools, Says It's 'only A Draft'

Clarifying the misconceptions and fears spread by various political outfits of the Centre's plan to impose Hindi, Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had said that there was 'no intention' to impose any language on people and that the government wants to promote 'all Indian languages'

"The committee has given report only.  It's only a draft report. I feel it misunderstood. People are thinking that it has become an agenda. Our Prime Minister and government have made it clear that no language will be imposed in any religion. After everyone's suggestions come we will decide," he added.

What is the Centre's 'three-language' proposal?

According to the draft of the National Education Policy 2019, the non-Hindi speaking States in India would include the regional language, English and Hindi, while the parts where Hindi is spoken would have English and one of the modern Indian language in addition to Hindi. 

While the present Tamil Nadu government has clarified that dual-language method of education will continue in the state, the above policy which has been proposed by the Central Government has faced severe backlash in Tamil Nadu by all political parties.
 

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