CPI-M Calls for Withrdrawal of UGC Circular on Hindi

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“The unity of our people based on the rich diversity in language and culture will only be disrupted by such efforts.”

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NEW DELHI — The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Tuesday sought the withdrawal of a UGC circular which it said seeks to push Hindi as a compulsory subject in all undergraduate courses across the country saying that this will  stir up a hornets’ nest among other linguistic groups and affect the unity of the country.

“The politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is deeply concerned at the effort by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to push Hindi as a compulsory subject in all undergraduate courses across India,” read a statement issued by the Left party.

Following representations to make Hindi compulsory, the UGC in July last year had written to universities to explore the feasibility of inclusion of the language in their undergraduate programmes. Demanding that the UGC withdraw the “circular”, the Left party said even previous attempts to “impose” Hindi were thwarted.

“This is strange in the background of the widespread protest in the country against the imposition of Hindi as part of the draft National Education Policy, 2019 which forced the government to beat a hasty retreat.

“The central government issued a clarification to settle the controversy for now. Therefore, the UGC cannot push this agenda independently,” the CPI-M said.

“India is a country of great diversity in language and culture. This attempt, without a proper process by a statutory body, to impose one particular national language, is only going to stir the hornet’s nest among other linguistic groups. 

“The unity of our people based on the rich diversity in language and culture will only be disrupted by such efforts.”

The party has also appealed to all sections of people and organisations involved in the education sector to mobilise public opinion and force the government to ensure that the UGC withdraws the circular to uphold the unity of all linguistic and cultural groups of the country.

(With inputs from agencies)

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