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International Mother Language Day: Vice President says, India’s linguistic diversity is cornerstone of country’s ancient civilization

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said India’s linguistic diversity is the cornerstone of country’s ancient civilization. Inaugurating a webinar on “Fostering Multilingualism for Inclusion in Education and Society” on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Mr Naidu stressed on the need for usage of mother tongue.

He expressed happiness that this year, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and IGNCA are organizing the four-day virtual event to preserve and promote awareness among the people. He said language links the past with the present and is the depositor of collective wisdom. He said mother tongue, which is an important link to socio-cultural identity, needs to be preserved, promoted and propagated.

Mr Naidu said it is unfortunate and detrimental that children are being educated in a language which is alien and not spoken at home. He emphasised that the initial education of a kid must be through the mother tongue.

He said educators and parents must take cognizance of this fact and primary education must be in the mother tongue. He said usage of the mother tongue must be included in governance.

 

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