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Bengali to be a compulsory subject in all Schools across the state: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

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Kolkata, May 16, 2017: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that Bengali will be a compulsory subject in all schools across the state as part of a three-language formula.

“Students have the freedom to take any language of their choice as a first language, second or third language. If the student chooses Bengali, Hindi, English, Urdu, Gurmukhi, Nepali, as first language, he/she may opt for two other languages of their choice,” Banerjee said in a Facebook post.

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“One of the three languages would have to be Bengali. The two other choices are completely dependent on what the students chooses,” she said.

She said this method would enable them to reach regional, national and international standards.

“Bengal respects all languages and languages of all States. Our three-language formula shows how we really do… India is a vast country and the strength of our nation is unity in diversity.

“We must respect every mother tongue and also give every regional language its importance. We believe in the freedom of choice and the three-language formula,” she said.

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Banerjee’s statement comes a day after State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced that from now on, it will be compulsory for students to learn Bengali in schools from class one to 10.

The minister said even English medium schools affiliated to boards other than the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education will have to make provisions for teaching Bengali as a second or third language. (IANS)

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Banerjee's comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of "politicising" the Pulwama terror attack.

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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Wednesday accused certain political parties and people holding constitutional positions in the country of rumour-mongering and spreading hatred in the society, and termed it “shameless politics”.

“One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions are indulging in rumour-mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” she wrote on Twitter without naming any particular political outfit.

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Mamata Banerjee accused Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack. Flickr

Banerjee’s comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack and demanded its ouster for “failure” to take precautionary measures despite an intelligence alert of a possible attack.

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The Trinamool Congress supremo and her senior party leaders, including Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, have also claimed the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were “using the Pulwama incident” to incite communal violence in the state. (IANS)