- PM of India, Narendra Modi called for respect and pride for all the languages of India
- He gave a suggestion about using Indian words as substitutes, rather than using English words
- He also pushed for taking other measures that could help build up mutual respect for the cultures and histories of different states
New Delhi, October 31, 2016: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, urged the nation to feel proud of all the languages spoken all over our country. His message to call for respect and pride for the Indian dialects, came quite befittingly, at an inauguration ceremony. The ceremony was held on the occasion of the inauguration of an exhibition on India’s first Home Minister Vallabhbhai Patel’s role in the integration of India.
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As reported by TOI, on the event, PM Modi raised a question, “We feel proud if our children can speak another language. We proudly tell others, ‘My son knows Spanish,’ or, ‘My daughter can speak French.’ Why do we not say, ‘My son can speak Malayalam,’ with the same pride?”
Modi stated, “When we speak in our own native languages, we easily slip into English for a word or two that we either don’t know in our own language or for words that we think are more effective in English. My question is, why don’t we slip into one of the Indian languages to use such words? A lot of effort has gone into building up words for all these things in languages like Marathi, Tamil and Malayalam. Why should we not use a word from one of these languages in the middle of a line spoken in Hindi?”
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He further added that a practice of that kind is sure to help enhance the understanding and grow the respect for Indian culture and Indian languages; eventually forming up a more cohesive and stronger national identity including them all.
Modi also utilized the platform to shed some light on other move which could be of help to people in one part of India improve their acknowledgment, appreciation, and understanding of the people and their cultures of another part of the country. For example, he gave a suggestion of creating a bank of quiz questions focusing on the culture and history of each state.
As per reports from TOI, he said, once those questions are made available, it would be an easier option for students, hailing from different states, to compete with each other in the history of any state. He added that this method will help everyone learn about the context, culture, and legacy of each state.
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The overreaching theme of the points made by the Prime Minister on the event however built into the government’s slogan of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.”
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