I think for todays kids if they aspire a international career the most common language after English would be French or Spanish. French is spoken in around 30 to 35 countries and Spanish in around 20 countries. Ofcourse Mandarin in around 15 countries also covers a huge amount of population. Start thinking in this way rather than learning Sanskrit which very few in India even understand.
You can learn as many foreign languages - other than English which for the present is almost like the world's lingua franca, as you please. But why force it down for the school kids. They would be much better off learning another Indian language.
Re: And what does learning an Indian language promote?
by suresh kumar on Nov 30, 2014 08:51 PM
but why students learn German? out of love for that language? purely for the outside chance of getting a job in Germany! All politicians send their children to posh star status schools and send them abroad. Then advice the followers to learn only Indian language! blind Bhakth followers lap it up! After all why force the children? Let them select as per their vision.
If language is connecting people then number of countries which speaks Arabic are too many but there is not peace among them although they knew common language. In the contrary in Europe too many languages for each country but in this region almost peaceful environment is maintained! So willingness of peace make peaceful environment not only language is a binding factor!
Re: This is totally a false rule! to eye wash!
by Nandakumar Chandran on Dec 01, 2014 07:02 AM
conflict is often a tussle for wealth. European nations over the last two hundred or so years have grabbed the wealth of so many countries - many of which are in conflict precisely due to that. but now since Europe is sitting cushy on the stolen loot, they ofcourse have peace. but give another 20 years where European economies decline and the story may be otherwise.
Sanskrit is fine, it is needed. But should be introduced in a phased manner. Foreign languages, European languages, fetch money to many graduates who will be otherwise jobless. We should encourage more youngsters to study these languages.
The author's logic is flawed. He does not consider the number of Germans studying any Indian language. In India, English is the most important language for acquiring knowledge in all fields. Sanskrit is the language for cultural wisdom. This is also similar to the logic of Israel -- English for knowledge and Hebrew or culture. There are 22 other languages spoken in Israel including German, Polish, Russian, French, Spanish, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Italian, Greek, Syrian, Armenian and several others. English is given more importance in Israel tan Hebrew for education, commerce and other areas. Everything has to be translated into English even if the original document is in Hebrew. In India, we want to promote German but demote English and gain promote Hindu and vernacular. This is a completely screwed educational policy!
But no sane Indian wants it at the expense of staking your own ethos to which Sanskrit is intrinsic. It was an idiotic congress mindset(represented by sibal !)that wilfully failed to promote german without staking Sanskrit....so obviously exposing congress' shamelessness in weakening and corrupting every indian collective identity and cause for which it got kicked out the way it did by a billion-plus intellectually charged BJP well-wishers who refuse to be fooled anymore by what was nothing than a narcissist nehru-gandhi crooked family's crooked family-mission under thew garb of a pseudo-indisn antinational con gress political party served power on a platter by the outgoing british obviously to perpetrate the colonial legacy which these spineless idiotic congressees succumbed to due to their greed for power and loot at the expense of all that is indian !