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DNMUM437370 | 6/9/2019 | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :280

The recent National Education Policy draft said Hindi must be taught in non-Hindi speaking states. While parts of the nation oppose the ‘imposition’, language experts say it will uphold the values of a multilingual country while ensuring jobs in other states too
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Language is a medium of communication, a carrier of culture and the glue that binds a civilisation and society as diverse as India. However, it was language that stirred up an uproar last week after the draft National Education Policy (NEP) released by the Centre had a provision for mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
The NEP, the committee for which was chaired by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan, has reiterated the existing three language formula. This had led to political parties and the intelligentsia in the southern states, known for their antipathy towards the official language, rising up in arms against the imposition of Hindi. The pushback was intense in
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