[lg policy] India: Every regional language should get importance

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri May 19 10:55:21 EDT 2017

Every regional language should get importance, says Mamata BanerjeeTNN | May
17, 2017, 06.00 AM IST
[image: (Representative image)](Representative image) KOLKATA: Chief
minister Mamata Banerjee
<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Mamata-Banerjee> on Tuesday threw
her weight behind the three-language policy, saying this method would
enable them (read schoolkids in Bengal) to reach regional, national and
international standards.

"Bengal respects all languages and languages of all states. Our
three-language formula shows how we really do... India is a vast country
and the strength of our nation is unity in diversity. We must respect every
mother tongue and also give every regional language its importance. We
believe in the freedom of choice and the three language formula," Mamata
wrote on her Facebook page.

"Students have the freedom to take any language of their choice as a first
language, second or third language. If the student choses Bengali
<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Bengali>, Hindi, English, Urdu ,
Gurmukhi, Nepali, Alchiki as the first language, he/she may opt for two
other languages of their choice. One of the three languages has to be
Bengali," she added.

According to sources, the chief minister had taken exception to some
complaints made by parents that the schools were not offering Bengali as an
optional subject even if they wanted so. A party leader said, "The CM was
surprised to note that some schools chose to stay open on Rabindra Jayanti


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