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Accused of ‘Saffronising’ Education … What’s Wrong: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu


We must let go of colonial thinking, be proud of Indian identity, said Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

Haridwar, Uttarakhand:

Indian Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called on the people of the country to let go of their “colonial minds” and learn to be proud of their own identity.

He called for a complete rejection of the Macaulay education system in the 75th year of Independence, saying it imposed a foreign language as the medium of education in the country and education was restricted to the elite.

“Centuries of colonial rule taught us to see ourselves as an inferior nation. We were taught to despise our own culture, traditional wisdom. This slows down our growth as a nation. The imposition of foreign languages ​​as the medium of our education is limited to education. small society, depriving many of the right to education, ”Vice President Naidu said in his speech after officiating the South Asian Institute for Peace and Reconciliation at Dev Sanskrit Vishwa Vidyalaya in Haridwar.

“We must feel proud of our heritage, our culture, our ancestors. We must return to our grassroots. We must let go of our colonial thinking and teach our children to be proud of their Indian identity. We must learn as much Indian language as possible. “Maybe. We must love our mother tongue. We must learn Sanskrit to know our scriptures, which are a treasure trove of knowledge,” the Vice President said.

Encouraging young people to spread their mother tongue, he said, “I look forward to the day when all gadget notifications are issued in the mother tongue of their respective states. Your mother tongue is like your vision, while your knowledge of a foreign language is like your spectacles. . ” Indianization of the education system is at the core of India’s new education policy, which places great emphasis on the promotion of the mother tongue, Vice President Naidu said.

Foreign dignitaries who come to India speak in their mother tongue instead of English even though they know it because they are proud of their own language, he added.

“We are accused of doing turmeric education, but then what is wrong with turmeric? Sarve Bhawantu Sukhinah (all rejoicing) and Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (the world is one family), which is the philosophy contained in our ancient text, is the guiding principle of India. Foreign policy even today, “said Vice President Naidu.

“India has strong ties with almost all South Asian countries with similar roots. The Indus valley civilization extends from Afghanistan to the Gangetic plains. Our policy of not invading any country first is respected around the world. It is a warrior country. the great king of Ashoka, who chose non -violence and peace over violence. “

“There was a time when people from all over the world came to study at the ancient Indian universities of Nalanda and Taxila, but even at the height of its prosperity, India never thought of invading any country because we believed that the world needed peace. , “said the Vice President.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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