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English has no relevance in our country: RSS chief

At a time when regional political parties are raking up the chauvinistic sentiments through language, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has come out openly against English, reports Yogesh Joshi.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2009 01:48 IST
Yogesh Joshi

At a time when regional political parties are raking up the chauvinistic sentiments through language, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has come out openly against English.

RSS chief KS Sudarshan on Sunday said that the time has come to launch a movement against English, which actually is redundant.

Addressing RSS workers in Pune, Sudarshan said that countrymen should have one common language besides a local one.

“Since Hindi is most spoken language in India, it should be treated as common medium of instruction while people should also speak in their local language. However, English has no relevance in the country and, therefore, we must all stop sending our children to convent schools.”

Terming English language as time killing and ‘non-scientific’, Sudarshan said that many countries including China and Japan, which do not use English, have gone ahead and therefore India and Indians can also lead the path of success without English language.

Sudarshan’s statement has come on the backdrop of the Marathi-non Marathi controversy started in the state by parties like Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Shiv Sena.