[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] India: No Place for German?

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 18:35:21 UTC 2014

Despite the many positive initiatives being undertaken by the Modi
government, calculated attempts are being made through some power centres
close to the government to impose Sanskrit in the curriculum (“German row:
parents move court
Nov.22). The argument of the Ministry of Human Resource Development that
German is a foreign language and Sanskrit is one of the 22 scheduled
languages of India may or may not be right. But the hurried decision
towards the close of the academic year to replace German without
considering the adverse academic and psychological impact it can have on
over 70,000 students and their parents is unjustified. In a true democracy,
students should have the freedom to choose the language(s) of their
interest, and the government should facilitate that freedom.

R.K. Jacob,

Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu

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