States oppose 'imposition of Hindi' in schools
-The Times of India
The President's approval to make Hindi compulsory in CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalya has ruffled feathers with most non-Hindi speaking states accusing the Centre of suppressing other native languages.
Deputy leader of Trinamool Congress Saugata Roy alleged the move is meant to implement the BJP's majoritarian idea based on their slogan, 'Hindi, Hindu, and Hindustan'. "The Centre should have been more cautious before implementing the decision in non-Hindi speaking states."
A presidential order dated March 31 had asked the HRD ministry to make serious efforts to make Hindi compulsory. "As a first step, Hindi should be made a compulsory subject+ up to standard X in all schools of CBSE and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan," the order had said. As in February, CBSE had 18,546 schools in India and 210 in 25 other countries.
MK Stalin, working president of Tamil Nadu's opposition party DMK, said on Tuesday, "The Centre has previously imposed Hindi on highway name-boards and newspaper advertisements. Even teachers' day is called Guru Purnima. I warn the Centre not to sow the seeds for another anti-Hindi agitation."
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