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Panaji: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that education is English cannot instil humanitarian and patriotic values in Indians.

He made these remarks on Sunday in the presence of Goa chief minister and education minister Laxmikant Parsekar after unveiling a statue of KB Hedgewar, the founder of the right-wing organisation, reported The Times of India.

“English education can only train us enough to be able to earn our daily bread. These are the words of Swami Vivekananda. We don’t need such schools but those that teach us to serve for the betterment of other human beings,” Bhagwat was quoted as saying by the newspaper. 

“Veer Savarkar had said, ‘If I cannot spread the fragrance of my education for the betterment of our country, then my education would be useless… Even donkeys can go around bearing the weight of books’,” Bhagwat added.

The Goa CM Parsekar, however, sought to clear the air by saying that Bhagwat’s speech won’t influence the government while deciding on the medium of instruction (MoI) issue at schools.

“I don’t feel it will have any effect, positive or negative,” he said.

RSS organ ‘Panchjanya’ has been opining that Hindi should be promoted in India in a bid to unite the country and free it from the clutches of a foreign language, namely English.

“Hindi has the potential to unite the country,” ‘Panchjanya’ recently opined in an editorial on September 10 coinciding with the Hindi Diwas.

 “Hindi’s ability to unite India is a threat to all those forces which want the country to remain enslaved to English. Hindi is not against India’s regional languages. This is a myth being perpetuated,” the editorial said.

In Goa, however, Forum for Rights of Children’s Education (FORCE) has demanded that the government pass an Act providing grants to schools with English as their MoI. Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), on the other hand, has called upon the government to discontinue grant-in-aid to English-medium primary schools.

The BJP’s Goa government is likely to introduce the medium of instruction Bill in the winter session of the state legislative assembly that will commence on January 11.

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Goa Acknowledges Drop in Tourist Arrivals

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife destinations in the country and last year attracted more than seven million tourists, out of which half a million were foreigners

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Goa has the potential to become the Venice of the East if it taps its intricate network of inland waterways for commuting. Wikimedia Commons

Tourists arrival in Goa is on decline, acknowledged Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar here on Wednesday and underlined the need to work out solutions to address the issue.

“There is a drop in tourist arrivals in Goa and it needs to be looked into seriously,” Ajgaonkar told reporters after chairing the meeting with the industry stakeholders in Panaji.

“The problems identified will be looked into jointly after taking into confidence all the tourism associations and stakeholders,” the minister said.

Travel and tourism industry stakeholders are expected to submit a comprehensive report on issues affecting tourist arrivals, an official said.

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Goa. (Wikimedia Commons)

Industry stakeholders have cried hoarse trying to draw the government’s attention to dropping tourist footfall over the past few years, and blaming the Tourism Ministry for not doing enough to promote the state.

At the meeting, industry stakeholders, led by Travel and Tourism Association of Goa president Savio Messias, urged Ajgaonkar to address the issues plaguing the industry like harassment of tourists, nuisance caused by organised begging at tourist locations, unreasonable taxi charges by local operators, and the high goods and services tax (GST) rate.

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Ajgaonkar assured that his ministry would review the marketing strategy to promote Goa as a tourism destination more efficiently.

Goa is one of the top beach and nightlife destinations in the country and last year attracted more than seven million tourists, out of which half a million were foreigners. (IANS)