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Northeast groups oppose Centre’s plan to make ‘Hindi’ must in schools

The Northeast region has vented its ire against the Centres’s plan to make ‘Hindi’ a compulsory language in schools up to class 10 across states. This move has ruffled the

The Northeast region has vented its ire against the Centres’s plan to make ‘Hindi’ a compulsory language in schools up to class 10 across states.

This move has ruffled the feathers of various organisations, latest being the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP). The MZP has strongly opposed the Union Home Ministry’s move to make Hindi compulsory in all schools up to Class X and has termed it as an agenda of the RSS.

Senior leader of the union, Ricky Lalbiakmawia, said that the directives by Union Minister Amit Shah are contrary to the aims of Northeastern states as each state is trying to promote their own language.

Lalbiakmawia also stated that making Hindi compulsory will disrupt and even endanger the local languages of the region.

Meanwhile, the Naga People’s Front in Nagaland has also opposed the Centre’s proposed move to make Hindi compulsory till class 10 in schools even in the Northeast.

The North East students Organisation (NESO) has also expressed strong opposition to the proposal in the recently concluded Parliamentary Official Language committee of making Hindi compulsory even in the Northeast.

NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa said that such a move will never be acceptable to the people of the region. The student’s union further also said that the imposition of Hindi will be detrimental to the region.

Earlier on Friday, Home Minister Amit Shah described Hindi as the ‘language of India’ and said that it would be made a must up to class 10 in the region’s schools.

Shah further informed that 22,000 teachers have been recruited to teach Hindi in the North-Eastern states.

First Published: 12th April, 2022 18:51 IST

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