The Rashtriya SwyamSevak Sangh (RSS), Hindu rightwing organization told the BJP led government to initiate education in mother tongue or constitutionally recognized state languages for students studying in schools over the country. The suggestions came in light of the fact that, according to them the students get “alienated” from their culture and tradition while studying in foreign languages in schools.
The top decision and policy making body for RSS, Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) adopted a resolution to that effect. According to resolution, “A student educated in a foreign language gets alienated from his surroundings, traditions, culture and values of life, at the same time one also losses his identity, remaining ignorant of ancient knowledge, science and literature.”
The resolutions further pointed out that great thinkers like, Mahatma Gandhi, Madan Mohan Malviya, Rabindranath Tagore, B R Ambedkar and S Radhakrishnan along with scientists namely C V Raman, PC Ray and J C Bose had said that it was both “scientific and natural” to educate the students in their mother tongue rather than foreign languages. Along with these great souls Radhakrishnan Commission and Kothari Commission had also made such recommendations earlier.
The resolution further mentioned, “ABPS calls upon the Union Government and State Governments to review their present language policies and ensure an effective system to impart education in mother language or in constitutionally recognized state languages and simultaneously take initiative for use of Bhartiya languages in education, administration and delivery of justice.”
The resolution further says that though it is full support of other languages to be taught in the schools but to enrich cultural moorings, particularly elementary education of the students should be in mother tongue or state languages.