Don't try to be an Englishman, speak the language only when there is a need, union home minister Rajnath Singh, on Saturday, advised students of a private institute in Noida, adding that it was a misconception that he was against English.
"One should speak English when there is a need. But don't try to be an Englishman. English bolne se gyan nahi hota (One does not acquire knowledge by speaking English only)," the minister said while delivering a speech in Hindi.
He also also that no one should hate the English language but every Indian must have a sense of pride towards one's own language. "I am not talking about only Hindi but all Indian languages. Khali Angrez nahi bano. Pehle Bharatiya bano. (Don't just be an Englishman. Be an Indian first)," he said.
Singh also expressed dismay on the issue of present generation not communicating or respecting their parents "properly", often only greeting with a "hi" or "bye".
"Mata-pita ke pair choona aur unka ashirwad lena bhi zaroori hota hain. (It is necessary to touch the feet of parents and take their blessings). If a child is blessed by parents, no one can stop him from reaching the greatest heights in life," he said.
The home minister asked the students to always pursue positivity in life as negativity is harmful to the society.
"All terrorists are not illiterate. There are many terrorists who are highly educated. But their knowledge is used for negative thinking and negative works. When knowledge is used for negativity, it is bound to be destructive," he said as he addressed students at the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology's convocation.
He also spoke about Indian contribution to the IT sector and BJP government's role in advancing the nation, saying, "India today is recognised globally for its contribution to Information Technology. Our government is committed to provide digital governance."
"Digital India programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not only attract investments but also give jobs to nearly 18 lakh Indians," he said.
Singh added that India's software engineers have made the country proud with their talent and sheer hard work.
"We need to tap India's full potential in IT sector," he said.