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Government changes education policy draft after protests

June 4, 2019

The recent Draft National Education Policy 2019 introduced by the central government has been facing widespread criticism for being Hindi focussed. The campaigns #StopHindiImposition and #TNAgainstHindiImposition are doing the rounds on social media since last two days. The central government has now removed the Hindi clause from the draft. In the old version, both Hindi and English were made compulsory for students from both Hindi and non Hindi speaking states. This was apart from the mother tongue as another subject.

Cabinet ministers from South India had taken to their Twitter accounts to ensure that the draft will be thoroughly reviewed before implementing. Amongst them were ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar.

The National Education Policy as submitted to the Minister HRD is only a draft report. Feedback shall be obtained from general public. State Governments will be consulted. Only after this the draft report will be finalised. GoI respects all languages. No language will be imposed-Dr S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India

Many political parties including the DMK from Tamil Nadu came forward to say that they were unhappy with the revised draft as well. While many others took to their social media to express their happiness with the new draft. This included musician AR Rahman.

"Hindi is not mandatory in Tamil Nadu. Draft policy corrected. Beautiful solution, tweeted AR Rahman.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu stepped up to defend the government. He had said that people must know what the draft precisely mentions instead of arriving into conclusions. Other leaders who expressed their disinterest against this draft was Kerala Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor who belongs to Congress party and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

"As a Kannadiga who is proud of my mother tongue, its beauty, history & contribution to Bharat's rich culture, I feel a few aspects of the National Education Policy 2019 Draft have been twisted, misinterpreted & misunderstood to say govt is trying to impose Hindi, tweeted Tejasvi Surya, Member of Parliament from Bengaluru South.

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