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Forcing foreign language will spread inequality: Mulayam

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2009 16:19 IST

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, known for his anti-English language views, on Monday said forcing foreign languages on Indian students will spread inequality in the country.

“I want to warn the government that forcing foreign language on students in the country will spread inequality,” he said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

Yadav contended that English language was spoken only in seven countries across the world. “Even in Italy it (English) is not spoken. I am not joking. I am serious,” he said pointing at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

He said during one of his visits to Geneva, a query in English by him got him no reply.

Yadav said the government should set up better universities rather than have ones from abroad. “We have no shortage of scholars. We should set up our own world class universities,” he said.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the government was in the process of setting up 30 Central universities and 14 world class institutes.