The moment I saw this news my first reaction was, NO! Followed by a silent irksome scream of WTF! The news said that the new draft prepared by the nine-member K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP) had come up with many recommendations to reform the educational policy in India. One of such ‘India-centric’ and ‘scientific’ recommendation was proposing that Hindi should be made mandatory till class 8.
For the uninitiated, there are many non-Hindi speaking states where Hindi is not a compulsory language in school. The states are West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, and Assam.
According to the initial reports, one of the key recommendations read:
“Adhere strictly to the three-language formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the country, ensure a uniform syllabus nationwide for Science and Maths, develop a script in Devanagari for tribal dialects, and promote education based on hunar (skill)”.
There is no doubt that many states speak Hindi language but why should the states with dominant local languages learn Hindi? This is a simple question which certainly needs to be answered. It’s quite natural that most of the netizens reacted on this recommendation and even called it ‘illogical’. Here’s how they reacted on the news that Hindi should be made mandatory till class 8.
Why force South Indian kids to learn a language which is not theirs ? Ok . Why not make it mandatory for students in Hindi belt states to learn one South Indian language?
— Ajai (@ajai_cs) January 10, 2019
I don’t think so. Not now ! Why make issue of non issue !!
— Khatri (@HopefulAtDes) January 10, 2019
Sir, May be it is the time to consider making Education independent in India like the Judiciary and Legislature.
— Ashok Dash (@dashashok) January 10, 2019
Outstanding ! . That’s a sure way to lose the entire south for NDA . I hope they ahead .
— Random Guy (@iid_sp) January 10, 2019
Later it turned out that all the hullabaloo was in vain. Why? With a tweet, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar cleared the air. He confirmed that no such recommendation was made in the draft. Javadekar further said that the news circulated was mischievous and misleading. Here’s the tweet on this fake news:
The Committee on New Education Policy in its draft report has not recommended making any language compulsory. This clarification is necessitated in the wake of mischievous and misleading report in a section of the media.@narendramodi @PMOIndia
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) January 10, 2019
Though mildly pacified, the netizens still had a lot to say over this fake news. Check them out:
Any how.., never try to impose Hindi to south..!
Then North will regrets entire history.#StopHindiImposition
— Pirai Kannan (@piraikannan) January 10, 2019
So for a few hundred/thousand students, you need crores of us to learn another language compulsorily? There are lakhs from north coming down south for jobs and livelihood. Which northern state is complying with original Three Language Policy and teaching a southern language?
— Rakshith Ponnathpur (@rsponnathpur) January 10, 2019
Make the denial Louder sir! And with Kanimozhi challenging the chair in RS yesterday, language is once again hot topic. Haul the mischief mongers to the cleaners. Don’t let them get away
— uthuni🇮🇳 (@uthuni) January 10, 2019
Take strong action against fake news paddlers before the damage , they need a lesson
— अమోஎல்🇮🇳 (@iamolreddy) January 10, 2019
Hmm, OK if you by any chance have any idea of making Hindi compulsory then it will be suicidal for BJP remember it
— sriramvdongre (@drsriramvdongre) January 10, 2019
Do you contemplate any action against this mischief ? Or the media will be free to spread #FakeNews ? The perpetrators of this propaganda should be made to pay.
— A Modest Indian (@AModestIndian) January 10, 2019
Thank you sir for the clarification….it was needed.
— D S Jeetender (@djeetender) January 10, 2019
It is said that the committee also recommended that a permanent high-power committee on education should be formed which will be headed by Prime Minister. Further, the draft talked about the promotion of technical and professional courses among SC/ST. Other than that, they also recommended the strengthening of regulatory mechanism which should be headed by non-bureaucrats.
Thankfully, news on recommendation that Hindi should be made mandatory till class 8 is fake and that is confirmed by the HRD Minister. How would you react if it wasn’t a fake news? What is your reaction on this entire fiasco? Let us know in the comments below.