[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] India: Sanskrit vs German: AAP slams govt over language row

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sun Nov 23 21:42:10 UTC 2014

 Sanskrit vs German: AAP slams govt over language row

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party
<http://zeenews.india.com/tags/aam-aadmi-party.html> on Saturday slammed
the government over the language row and various decisions taken by Union
HRD ministry, including the timing of scrapping the FYUP, and termed it as
"amateurish tinkering".

Senior party leader Yogendra Yadav said recent decision of the Union HRD
Minister Smriti Irani reflects how serious the government was about dealing
with the issue.

"The minister does not does not understand the three-language formula and
the multi-lingual debate and made it into Sanskrit vs German row.

"The minister says that any language which is in Schedule 8 of the
constitution can be taught as the third language. It also shows the
minister is not aware of the constitution, which does not prohibit
languages to be taught in schools, which are not Schedule 8 of the
Constitution," Yadav said.

He said that more clarity was required on what should the policy on
classical languages- Sanskrit and Tamil- be, the three-language formula and
how should the issue of foreign language be dealt with considering the
demand to learn international languages.

"There are also non-scheduled languages like Bhopuri, Tulu , Maithili,
which are mother toungue of so many students. So what will be the policy on
these languages," Yadav said.

Criticising the government's decisions, Atishi Marlena, party spokesperson
and one of the leading brains behind chalking out party policy on various
issues, said the ministry's act was nothing but "amateurish tinkering."

"The minister does not understand the basic thing that she asked to
introduce Sanskrit in the middle of the academic year. Although we opposed
the FYUP, we are against the way the decision was taken," Marlena said.

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