What’s wrong with the saffronization of the education system, says Vice President Naidu | Latest India News
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday hit back at allegations that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is saffronizing the country’s education system and asked “what’s wrong with saffron?” he called on Indians to abandon their “colonial mindset”.
Claiming that the ‘bhartiyakaran’ (Indianisation) of the education system has been the goal of the new national education policy, Naidu said: ‘But as you say it, some loving and living English people say we want go back. Yes, we want to go back to our roots, to know the greatness of our culture and our heritage, to understand the vast amount of treasures in our Vedas, our books, our scriptures… they don’t want us to know our greatness; they want us to suffer from an inferiority complex…they say we saffron…what’s wrong with saffron? I don’t understand it.
He made the statement after the inauguration of the South Asian Institute of Peace and Reconciliation at Dev Sanskriti Vishwa Vidyalaya in Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
“Prolonged colonial rule deprived large sections, including women, of education and only a small elite class had access to formal education. It is necessary to provide quality education to all, only then can our education be inclusive and democratic,” he added.
He further encouraged young people to propagate their mother tongue. “I would like to see a day in my life when the Indians will speak to their countrymen in their native tongue, when the administration will be conducted in the native tongue and when all orders of government will be issued in the language of the people”, a- he declared. Foreign dignitaries coming to India speak in their native language instead of English although they know it because they are proud of their language, he said.
Suryakant Dhasmana, vice president of the state congress, said the vice president should not have made a statement like “what’s wrong with saffron” as he holds a constitutional post. “As vice president, he should not speak like a BJP leader. Such statements are not expected in the speech of the vice president of the country.
Speaking about the rising tensions in the conflict-torn world, Naidu said that peace is a prerequisite for the progress of mankind. “Peace has a cascading effect: it generates social harmony and paves the way for progress and prosperity. The ‘peace dividend’ benefits all stakeholders and brings wealth and happiness to society,” he said.
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