So, the draft education policy gets caught in the Hindi-Non-Hindi debate with a fear that the core issues facing the important sector may get lost in this political debate which the nation can do without. .
Trying to calm uproar in Tamil Nadu over a proposal to include Hindi in the non-Hindi speaking states, the Centre has said it is only a draft policy while the Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu made an appeal to people to carefully study and debate the proposals. .
The Vice President’s office quoting him , said the “core issues were very important and deserve attention of all stakeholders”. He was addressing a conference in Visakhapatnam organised by the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy. (IIPE), June 2, 2019 .
The fear is that with a trigger of anti-Hindi protests, the core issues of the draft education policy may be lost .
Earlier in the day, Union Inform ation and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar did a similar thing and said, it was only a proposal and no decision has been taken on the draft policy. It was during Javadekar’s term as the Human Resource Minister that he had set up a Committee under the Chairmanship of K Kasturirangan to prepare a new draft education policy. The Committee has submitted its report , but there is a change of guard in the HRD Ministry with Ramesh Pokhriyal taking Javadekar’s place.
The draft has recommended a three-language policy in non-Hindi speaking states which would include Hindi besides English and a native language. But , there have been widespread criticism and protests of the move , especially in Tamil Nadu.
President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) M K Stalin has said, ” Imposing Hindi on Tamil Nadu would be similar to throwing stones at a beehive.”.