German Ambassador Michael Steiner will be organising a ‘satsang’ on the occasion of his birthday on Friday and has invited leaders of different political parties and central ministers including HRD minister Smriti Irani.
The move assumes importance in the backdrop of the ongoing controversy on the replacement of German with Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya across the country.
The ‘satsang’ will take place in the German embassy in Chanakyapuri and will be addressed by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who will talk on how to bring different cultures together and foster the mutual understanding between people in Europe and India.
The ambassador however denied the event had anything to do with the language row.
“This was decided between my wife and I even before this government was sworn-in. I had written to him (Ravi Shankar) and he was gracious to accept it," Steiner told reporters in New Delhi.
When asked specifically if he had invited Irani, Steiner said the embassy had sent out invitation to many central ministers and without taking Irani’s name said, “We have been very inclusive.”
He repeated his, “we have been very inclusive” reply when asked if invitations had been sent to RSS ideologue Deenanath Batra, who he had met recently to find an amicable solution to the language row.
On the road ahead on the controversy he said he was confident a practical solution that is within the ambit of Indian laws would be reached soon.
The governing board of KVs in its meeting on October 27 had directed that teaching of German language as an option to Sanskrit be discontinued as it violated the three labguage formula of the national education policy.