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Vice President for equal respect to all Indian languages

Addressing an online event organised on the eve of Hindi Divas, Vice President,  M. Venkaiah Naidu requested all to accord equal respect to all Indian languages. He said it’s a matter of pride to have a rich diversity of languages and each language can be seen as complementary to each other.

Mentioning that Mahatma Gandhi had found the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in 1918, the Vice President emphasised that Hindi and other Indian languages should be seen as complementary to each other.

To increase goodwill, love and affection among the citizens, Naidu suggested that students from non-Hindi speaking states should learn Hindi and the students from Hindi speaking states should learn one more Indian language such as Tamil, Telugu, Kannada etc.

Expressing happiness over the importance given to the mother tongue in the National Education Policy (NEP-2020), the Vice President called for providing education in the mother tongue for inclusive education. "This helps the children in learning and understanding the subject better and they are able to express themselves better", he said.

Expressing the need for all Indian languages to grow together, Naidu called upon the publishers and educators to work for enhancing dialogue between Indian languages. Noting that education in the mother tongue would necessitate easy availability of good books in Hindi and other Indian languages, the Vice President said publishing houses will have an important role in this.