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‘Not one, all Indian local languages are national languages under new National Education Policy’: Govt clarifies

This comes at a time when the 'national language' debate has became a hot topic.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said not a single but all local languages in the country are national languages under the new National Education Policy, which was formulated to give importance to all of them.

“The local languages are no less important than any other languages used in this country, be it Hindi or English. This is the main feature of this NEP,” Pradhan said at the 27th convocation of North East Hill University (NEHU).

The NEP was formulated to give importance to all local languages. “Under the new policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mandated that all languages are national languages. So Garo, Khasi, Jaintia (local languages in Meghalaya) are national languages,” he said.

On May 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that language diversity is the pride of the country, but attempts are being made to spark controversies over it.

“In the past few days, we have seen that attempts are being made to spark controversies on the basis of languages. The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) sees a reflection of Indian culture in every regional language and considers them worth worshipping… It is a link to the country’s better future,” said Modi while virtually addressing party members on the inaugural day of the two-day national meeting of BJP office-bearers at Jaipur.

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