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All of us Must Learn and Respect Other Indian Languages: PM Narendra Modi’s Message at Sardar Patel Exhibition

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 appreciation and understanding of the people and their cultures of another part of the country

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  • 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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All You Need To Know About The Rafale Deal Controversy

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair

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Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.
Rafale Deal is very important for both the countries involved i.e. India and France.

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Rafale Deal happened between India and France
  • The Rafale Deal is about the Rafale fighter jets
  • The deal is getting into controversies because of the allegations de by the opposition, especially Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015 made the announcement that India will buy 36 French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets from Dassault, a French aircraft builder and integrator. This came to be known as Rafale Deal.

The Rafale deal of 36 Rafale aircrafts between India and France was called a “win-win partnership” for both the countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi finalised the Rafale Deal during his visit to France in 2015. (FILE PHOTO)

But recently it has come under attack of the Opposition, mainly the Indian National Congress, which has alleged that there have been irregularities in this deal and its proceedings. However, the government has denied and rejected all the charges.

The Rafale Deal is nothing new and was also signed during the time of UPA government. The first time it came to light was during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee where the original proposal was to buy 126 fighter jets.

After tests and negotiations in 2012, Rafale was considered L-1 bidder and negotiations started which only came to a conclusion as the Rafale Deal in 2015 under Prime Minister Modi’s government.

NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA governement.
NDA government has got a better price on the Rafale Deal than the UPA government.

Now the UPA alleging irregularities on NDA government doesn’t seem fair to many because no deal took place under their government. The transfer of technology was a primary issue of concern between the two sides. Dassault Aviation also tried to deny to take the responsibility of quality control of the production of 108 aircraft in India. The Dassault provided for 3 crore man-hours for production of the Rafale jets in India, HAL’s estimate was approximately 3 times higher which resulted in an escalation of costs in the manifold.

Also Read: Make in India: France to set up production centers for Rafale fighters

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France in 2015 helped bring this deal to a final conclusion. The government-to-government deal of 36 jets was to completed as soon as possible.

On costs of the Rafale Deal, NDA government has said that it got better terms than those quoted in the original bid under the UPA government. The total savings are reported to be of more than 1600 million Euros. However, the cost breakdown of Rafale Deal in the original bid under UPA government and in the 36 aircraft in the NDA’s government-to-government deal is not available for the public domain.

The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com
The Rafale Deal involves no private party from the side of India. www.worldwide-military.com

Under the current agreement, the  Rafale Deals support the ‘Make In India’ initiative of the Indian Government through the IGA’s Article 12. It states that France will facilitate the implementation of ‘Make In India’. These critical design technologies were already discussed between the two governments in previous meetings. The present Rafale Deal is signed between two sovereign governments and there is no private individual, firm or entity involved in the process from the side of India. The procurement process also does not include any private company or firm from India.

Also Read: IAF’s Rafale Deal with France: India confirms order

The fiasco that Congress is creating on the Rafale Deal is certainly not fair as the NDA government has proved that their deal is better than the one which was undertaken during the UPA government.