[lg policy] India: German language row could have been handled differently: German ambassador Steiner

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 15:17:38 UTC 2015


 German language row could have been handled differently: German ambassador
Steiner
  Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 11:02pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

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 Showing faith in India's future, the ambassador said the real power of
India lies in its people.

   -  Michael Steiner *Image Courtesy: Twitter*

 German ambassador Michael Steiner
<http://www.dnaindia.com/topic/michael-steiner> was on Thursday of the view
that the language row with HRD Ministry could have been avoided and handled
slightly differently.

Steiner, who would be leaving India next week after ending his tenure as
ambassador to New Delhi, said "this is one issue that could have been
avoided. It could have been handled slightly differently." The ambassador
was addressing a small gathering at his residence where a recipe book
authored by his wife was launched.

He hoped that the German <http://www.dnaindia.com/topic/german> language
issue "will be back on track in interest of the kids who want to learn the
language" beyond the Indian ones. Showing faith in India's future, he said
the real power of India lies in its people.

"The superpower is women. The biggest task India has is to unleash its
potential," he said. Steiner said the "cocoon of patriarchism needs to be
lifted". The HRD Ministry had last year decided to drop the German language
in favour of Sanskrit <http://www.dnaindia.com/topic/sanskrit> for over
70,000 students across 500 Kendriya Vidyalayas
<http://www.dnaindia.com/topic/kendriya-vidyalayas> from classes VI to
VIII. India follows a three-language policy with 22 scheduled languages,
125 constitutionally recognised languages and 1600 dialects.

*Also Read: India, Germany to encourage teaching of each other's languages
<http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-germany-to-encourage-teaching-of-each-other-s-languages-2077639>*


*http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-german-language-row-could-have-been-handled-differently-german-ambassador-steiner-2098930
<http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-germany-to-encourage-teaching-of-each-other-s-languages-2077639>*


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