Making Hindi compulsory an ‘adverse policy’, says NESO
Dimapur, April 12 (MExN): The North Eastern Student Organization (NESO) has written to Union Home Secretary Amit Shah urging him to withdraw the “adverse policy” of making Hindi a compulsory subject, and instead urged further improvement of the native languages of the Northeast region.
“The imposition of Hindi as a compulsory subject in the North East region will be detrimental not only to the propagation and dissemination of indigenous languages, but also to students who will be forced to add another compulsory subject to their curriculum. already vast,” said NESO’s president. Samuel Jyrwa and General Secretary Sinam Prakash Singh noted this in their April 11 letter.
NESO, which is a conglomeration of eight student groups at the apex of indigenous student groups across the northeastern states, has also expressed strong opposition to the proposal by the recently concluded Parliamentary Committee on Official Languages that the subject of the Hindi language would be made compulsory up to class X. in the region.
While acknowledging that the Hindi language accounts for approximately 40-43% of native speakers in India, NESO noted that there is a plethora of other indigenous languages in India that are rich, thriving and vibrant in their own perspectives, giving India the image of a diverse and multilingual nation.
As such, “In the Northeast region, each state has its own unique and diverse languages spoken by different ethnic groups ranging from Indo-Aryan to Tibeto-Burmese to Austro-Asiatic families. In the region, a native or indigenous language or mother tongue is an important marker for a community. Indigenous or indigenous languages are enriched more in all areas, such as literature, studies and arts,” they pointed out.
NESO said that the decision to make it compulsory Hindi, which is one of the subjects of modern Indian language (MIL), returns more or less to “depreciate the indigenous language spoken and written by a particular community,” and urged the interior minister to remove that language. unfavorable policy and instead, focus on how to raise more indigenous languages of North East region, such as the inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution and the facilitation of more programs for development and progress.
“NESO vehemently opposes this policy and will continue to oppose it as it has in the past. According to the understanding of the organization, such a decision will not introduce unity but will be a tool to create apprehensions and discord,” he asserted.
NESO includes All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) and Khasi Student Union (KSU).
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Similarly, the Naga Federation of Students, while opposing the proposal in a press release on Tuesday, recalled that the North East region is home to a plethora of indigenous groups of different cultures, races, languages and ethnicities. various religions.
“Mandatory imposition of a particular language will only spread disunity and misunderstanding among the peace-loving citizens and indigenous peoples of the Northeastern states,” said NSF Chairman Kegwayhun Tep and Education Secretary Medovi Rhi in the statement.
Emphasizing that indigenous languages are the identity of the region’s multiple communities, he said the proposal would also undermine the languages of the NER’s ethnic groups and undermine its richness and uniqueness.
“Making Hindi a compulsory subject for students up to NER class 10(X) will only invite confusion, obstacles and discomfort for the student community and the Naga people in general, because it has been an optional subject in the region until today for its own reason,” he said while urging the central government to revoke the decision to maintain peaceful coexistence and avoid any further misunderstanding. .
The Federation will spare no effort to safeguard the interests and feelings of the Naga people in particular and the NER in general, as the whole region is against the proposed imposition, she added.