Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu in his speech on the Silver Jubilee celebrations occasion of Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University Tuesday, Wardha, laid emphasis on the importance of mother tongue to be introduced in schools and teach subjects in the native language in the foundational years of the student life.
He remembered Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’ started in Wardha in 1937 that stressed on the need to make the native language as the necessary mandate in schools, along with free compulsory education to students. He further glorified the linguistic diversity of the country and how it symbolises our strength and cultural unity.
He recalled the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, how he gave importance to all languages and people’s sensitivity to their native language and also how he equated mother tongue with Swaraj. The vice president also asserted on the fact that Indian languages played a crucial part in bridging the gap between overseas Indians and motherland India.
He also recommended universities’ language departments to support and preserve the thread of linguistic unity and improve dialogue between Indian languages and universities’ language departments.