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Panaji: Goa’s RSS chief Subhash Velingkar on Wednesday took on Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the ruling BJP-led coalition government here for what he claims is a betrayal of Indian languages over the English language.

He also said that a regional languages front headed by him would start a statewide agitation soon to convince Goans about the perils of Parrikar and BJP’s U-turn on the issue.

Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Velingkar, who is virtually the face of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Goa, also appealed to the Bharatiya Janata Party workers to defy a diktat issued by Parrikar on Monday at a meeting attended by BJP’s top state leaders, asking the cadre not to attend meetings of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch.

“The BJP and Parrikar have committed a U-turn on the promise of giving preference to English over regional Indian languages when it comes to medium of instruction in school… We will expose this by carrying out a statewide awareness campaign, where the betrayal by both will be conveyed to the people,” Velingkar said.

Two groups, Forum for Rights of Children to Education (FORCE) backed by the influential Roman Catholic Church and the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) supported by the RSS, have been at loggerheads in Goa over the last few years over the choice of language of instruction in junior schools.

While the former group backs English, the RSS-led faction prefers indigenous languages.

The BJP which won the 2012 state assembly elections, thanks to a strategic alliance with leaders of the Catholic community – Roman Catholics account for nearly 26 percent of the state population – is now caught between promises the party made to the minority community and the BBSM over the issue of medium of instruction.

After coming to power, the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government via an ad hoc decision in 2012, had decided to give grants only to minority institutions that are using English as a medium of instruction, with new schools being denied the privilege.

Velingkar now calls the BJP and Parrikar’s decision hypocritical and not in sync with the values which the RSS and the BBSM believe in. (IANS)

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Seen this article it needs a fair treatment vis a vis global background where colonial languages or language of slavery like English,French,Portuguese and Dutch had a history of importance for serving the people.Language is always a comfortable medium or vehicle to communicate and never the end means as glorified by RSS. All state works and academics ideally should be in a local language but local environment should compliment work and jobs also which in `sone ki chidiya` India was possible only in feudal society.

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Seen this article it needs a fair treatment vis a vis global background where colonial languages or language of slavery like English,French,Portuguese and Dutch had a history of importance for serving the people.Language is always a comfortable medium or vehicle to communicate and never the end means as glorified by RSS. All state works and academics ideally should be in a local language but local environment should compliment work and jobs also which in `sone ki chidiya` India was possible only in feudal society.

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Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

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In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

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BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

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As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

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