Rajnath Singh’s faux pas – Round 2

After Rajnath Singh, now it’s the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s turn to shoot. He said – it is an ‘illusion’ that English is the only means of progress. When will these leaders stop English bashing? Are they trying to woo the Hindi belt? The world must be laughing at their ignorance.

mohanbhagIt appears the BJP leaders are confused. Once they talk of progressive ideas and development; and that India take the rightful place on the world stage. They seem to take one step forward then take two steps backward. That’s the irony of the party claiming to be the alternative to the Congress. If they are aiming to form the next government in 2014, they should be clear in their vision, thinking and speaking. They should not speak in different voices of appeasement and hurting the sentiments of others. Or else they will take us back with their old alleged label – ‘Hindi, Hindu, Hindustan’. They should be inclusive in their thinking rather than exclusive.

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With such erratic statements from BJP chief Rajnath Singh and BJP election committee chief N Modi, BJP is making it easy for the Congress and helping them in their effort in the coming elections. Do they want to offer them another victory on the platter?

For most Indians, English is an additional skill apart from their mother-tongues. English is seen to have helped India to connect with the world and given it a big share of the BPO and IT business which provides employment to lakhs of young educated Indians and also laks of Indians working abroad. Beside by learning English, people don’t loose their cultural roots or traditional foundations. For many educated Indians, English is an additional language. Knowing English will only help Indians to advance and develop further.

China too has made English compulsory in primary schools, and statics predict that they will add about 20 million English speakers each year. This will give the Chinese advantage over Indians. Even the authorities there have expressed that lack of English had hampered their growth at a faster rate.

Rajnath Singh and others trying to appease the Hindi belt and accusing English language for all the ills, is doing a great disservice to millions of Indians who use English as a means of communication in the country and abroad. If this campaign continues, it will do more harm than good to the BJP. As I have been saying earlier, BJP leaders are bent on scoring self-goals!

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