New Delhi, July 29, 2023: In a thought-provoking address at the All India Education Convention held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the unfortunate neglect of prosperous Indian languages, stating, “Despite having several prosperous languages in India, we presented them as unprogressive. What could be more unfortunate than this?” The convention commemorated the third anniversary of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and took place at Bharat Mandapam, the same venue for the upcoming G20 leaders’ summit in September.
PM Modi passionately pointed out that people were often judged on their talent based on their proficiency in English, leaving those from rural areas at a disadvantage. He humorously mentioned his own experience at the UN, where he delivered speeches in Indian languages, and listeners took some time to clap. Undeterred, he emphasized the need to embrace and celebrate Indian languages, asserting, “Even I speak in Indian language at UN. Listeners would take some time to clap. Let them.”
The NEP, among other significant revisions, underscores the importance of imparting education in regional languages and extends this provision up to higher education levels. PM Modi, taking a veiled dig at the Opposition, expressed that the inclusion of regional languages in the NEP would thwart those who exploit languages for divisive purposes. “It will down the shutters of those who run the business of hatred using languages,” he remarked.
The two-day Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Samagam, held on July 29 and 30, provided an influential platform for academics, policymakers, industry representatives, teachers, and students to discuss their experiences, success stories, and best practices in implementing the NEP 2020. The convention aimed to work out strategies for further advancement of the policy, fostering a holistic and inclusive education system.
PM Modi’s address resonated with attendees, urging the nation to appreciate the richness of Indian languages and to nurture an environment of inclusivity, where all languages and talents are valued and respected. With the NEP emphasizing regional language education, the government strives to create a more equitable and harmonious learning landscape for the country’s diverse populace.