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Yes' date=' what's wrong with discussing Japan? Isn't it relevant?[/quote'] When did i say it is irrelevant? I added to your train of thought by making a post on how the PM's parent organization likes japan too. I also highlighted something which i found odd in the article. Question the ones who have a problem with me posting the article.

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When did i say it is irrelevant? I added to your train of thought by making a post on how the PM's parent organization likes japan too. I also highlighted something which i found odd in the article. Question the ones who have a problem with me posting the article.
Might as well add an article about art of making kimonos since it also pertains to japan? come on sir. RSS WAS Narendra modi's parent organization. Not of the government.

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Making a call for expansion of the Sangh, Bhagwat invited all countrymen to visit shakhas (around 35,000 morning camps being run by the organization in various cities) to know the RSS instead of knowing it through the opinion of others.
assuming each shaka has 100 members on average thats close to 3.5 million members. People have to admit regardless of his views Mohan Bhagwat has made the RSS into a very powerful political and social organisation. They are a big reason for BJP winning in many places.

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assuming each shaka has 100 members on average thats close to 3.5 million members. People have to admit regardless of his views Mohan Bhagwat has made the RSS into a very powerful political and social organisation. They are a big reason for BJP winning in many places.
3.5 million? Would be much much more in fact.

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3.5 million? Would be much much more in fact.
hmm when i mean member i mean active membership engaged in sangh activities. I am sure the total number of people living in India who are RSS members probably are 15-20 million. I know a guy whose father is an RSS member. He is currently 56. But has not been active for the RSS for close to 15 years. Just gives donation.

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[url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/50-nations-including-China-and-US-back-Modis-call-for-International-Yoga-Day/articleshow/44989225.cms]50 nations' date=' including China and US, back Modi's call for International Yoga Day[/url'] Terrific move. At last, an initiative taken by India. Yoga is part of our rich history and we should definitely have more awareness on it.
Awesome move. We should and the world should also :two_thumbs_up:

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India to spend around Rs 1.7 lakh cr on universal health plan Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-30/news/55595467_1_scheme-phased-manner-health-ministry $28 billion seems too little for a country of India's population. hope it gets implemented smoothly though
Cut the lpg and kerosene subsidies to accommodate this BS. Otherwise NDA is UPA 3. Anyways, I will hold my thoughts on the govt. until the next budget since a lot of prognosticators are talking about things moving over the next few months. We shall see. Until now, only thing I am satisfied with, is the appointment of Doval.

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Sanskrit, not German: Smriti Irani's Hindutva agenda harms KV students In the last six years, the number of Indian students going to Germany for higher studies has risen by 114 percent. Germany is one of the top destinations for Indian students, particularly those studying engineering, science and technology, for affordable higher education and possible employment. Proficiency in German language is an asset that these students pursue while in school itself. But the Human Resources Minister, Smriti Irani, wants them to learn Sanskrit. Who gave you the permission to learn German? Stop it, and learn Sanskrit at once -- is her diktat. With her decision, while chairing the 99th meeting of the Board of Governors of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on Thursday, she has thrown a spanner in the works for thousands of school kids aspiring for a better future. From now on, no Kendriya Vidyalaya will teach German. Instead, children will have to opt for a glorious Sanskrit. The reason cited is a three language policy - Hindi, English and Sanskrit or a modern Indian language. Since the decision comes in the middle of a school year, it's a double whammy for the kids - they have to stop their favourite German and opt for Sanskrit. With other subjects already burdening them, this is an unnecessary stress that our HRD minister has imposed on them. If they still want to study German, they can do it as a hobby language. In a globalised world of education and opportunities, this is a patently retrograde step. All over the world, kids are encouraged to learn foreign languages that will expand their future possibilities. For instance, there has been an increase of more than 26 percent of foreigners who took the Chinese Proficiency Test, China's equivalent of TOEFL over the last few years. Thousands of students in the US and Western Europe are now learning Chinese to expand their opportunities to collaborate with and work in China, that too when it's considered to be one of the most for non-native speakers. Similarly kids in the US learn Spanish and kids in China learn Hindi. The issue is not about which language, Chinese or German, but about the freedom to learn and explore opportunities. Learning a foreign language, besides an Indian language and English, is very common in schools across India. French has been a favourite for years and in the recent years, other languages such as German and Spanish have become standard options. Besides the school classes, hundreds of students also flock to places such as the Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise and private tutors for their language training. Perhaps Smriti Irani hasn't visited any of these places and is not aware of the foreign language craze children have. What she should also realise is that it is not a recreational activity, but a desperate attempt to improve one's educational and professional possibilities. Indian undergraduate (nearly 50 percent of them engineering graduates) choose Germany as their fifth favourite destination because of the opportunities. The issue is not of German, French or Mandarin, but of avenues of higher education and better life. By nixing the German option, the minister has foreclosed the opportunities of about 70000 students in about 500 Kendriya Vidyalaya. Now, the question of Sanskrit. What do the children gain by learning Sanskrit? Is it a medium of useful higher learning anywhere - perhaps other than some Vedic studies and astrology? The Pattali Makkal Katchi in Tamil Nadu has rightly raised the issue and it is likely to assume more political colour because "vadamozhi" (northern language) is a political imposition for the state. The three language policy is about Hindi, English and an Indian language. Why Sanskrit and why not Tamil or Telugu? The three language policy itself is flawed. Why should children in non-Hindi states compulsorily learn Hindi? This has been a question that politicians and people in states such as Tamil Nadu have been asking. Let learning languages be voluntary. By her decision, Smriti Irani has put the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya at a tremendous disadvantage. They have been forced to stop their favourite foreign language while children of other schools - both national and state boards - can continue to learn German, French or Spanish and explore larger possibilities of education and work later in life. Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya have to now learn Sanskrit and wonder what to do with their proficiency of the language, if at all they gain some. Going by the suddenness and the complete lack of debate on the issue, the decision smacks of ideology. In the wake of a separate ministry for Yoga and Ayurveda, and resurgent claims of ancient Indians inventing modern science, emphasis on Sanskrit in schools in not surprising. One can only hope that the same wisdom is not extended to CBSE schools. Perhaps people who made fun of the minister for her "Yale degree", which turned out to be a certificate for a course of a few days, are justified now. Education and learning are so central to the progress of a nation. Playing politics with it is an unpardonable mistake. http://www.firstpost.com/india/sanskrit-not-german-smriti-iranis-hindutva-agenda-harms-kv-students-1802783.html

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India, US resolve deadlock over WTO's TFA deal

After remaining in cold storage for months, the trade facilitation Agreement(TFA) at WTO has been resolved. India and US have jointly reached to an agreement over food security related issues. With the US agreeing to support India's proposal on public stockpiling of food, it would now go for ratification by the WTO General Council to facilitate signing of TFA deal. Announcing the breakthrough, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India and the US have successfully resolved their differences in WTO. This will "pave the way for spurring the WTO to more such success," she said, while expressing confidence that members would "take the matter forward in WTO in a constructive spirit". The Minister further said that many nations saw merit in India's stand at WTO and that the US has also "appreciated and now openly supported our concerns on public stockholding." "India has never obstructed trade facilitation... We were only trying to safeguard our farmer's interests," she added. "WTO General Council will receive India's proposal and US will support us," Sitharaman said, while adding that there was a greater understanding of India's position after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US. "India is a strong supporter of the multilateral trading system and we are committed to strengthen it. Bali agreement was not perfect. We had raised these issues for a course correction... We have raised our issues... We are happy to say our differences have been resolved," she said in a series of tweets. In July, India had denied signing the trade facilitation agreement (TFA) expressing its concern about food subsidy and stockpiling of food grains. The US earlier had blamed India for the collapse of WTO talks for the Trade Facilitation Pact (TFA) and had said New Delhi's position had put WTO's future in uncertain ground. India had made it clear that it would not ratify TFA until a permanent solution was found on food security issue. http://www.oneindia.com/india/another-feather-modi-s-cap-deadlock-over-food-security-issue-wto-nirmala-commerce-1559915.html

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This... The Barkhas and other media/middlemen have been put out of their jobs.
B Dutt has been trying very hard to suck up to Jaitley so that she can get some "inside news". She had plenty of access the last 10 years to Congressis who were happy to leak juicy news bytes to her. Modi, by using social media and state media effectively, is teaching everyone before him a lesson on how to communicate with the people without using these intermediaries.

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Sanskrit is just a trojan horse for hindi' date= and hindi imposition on all of India is a part of hindutva. Please don't mistake hindutva for hinduism and be surprised or confused.
not really. If anything Marathi is more sanskirt oriented than hindi. Ie it has many more sanskirt words as part of common vocabulary than hindi. Ditto Bengali. You do realise many lanugages in India do share the devnagri script with hindi right? A tamil speaker of sanskirt will find it much easier to learn marathi than hindi.

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not really. If anything Marathi is more sanskirt oriented than hindi. Ie it has many more sanskirt words as part of common vocabulary than hindi. Ditto Bengali. You do realise many lanugages in India do share the devnagri script with hindi right? A tamil speaker of sanskirt will find it much easier to learn marathi than hindi.
As a south indian learning to read sanskrit, would make mean i will be easily able to read hindi. If you mix that with a little hindi you hear here and there, it will make you well versed in hindi. I don't know anything about marathi.

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Hindi was created during partition from Hindustani, which had borrowed vocabulary from both Persian and Sanskrit. Many of the Persian words were replaced with Sanskrit words when Hindi was created.

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Fears grow about Hindu 'Modi-fication' of education

Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago, according to the chairman of India's leading historical organisation.* Professor Y Sudershan Rao, the head of the Indian Council of Historical Research, has been criticized by fellow historians for comments that Hindu epics are adequate to understand the ancient world, rather than relying on evidence or research.* The BJP government appointed Rao to the prestigious academic post soon after winning the biggest landslide in three decades, fuelling concerns of a push to teach the superiority of Hindu values and mythology at the cost of academic rigour, and cutting against the grain of secularism that runs through multi-faith modern India.* "We have so many proofs that these events happened," Rao, 69, said in an interview, describing events in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epics about love and war, truth and deceit, feature characters using inextinguishable fire and weapons with the destructive power of a nuclear arsenal.* Similar views have won support from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in part reflect a belief that India's history books are beholden to colonial powers, foreign invaders and Marxists. While there is debate over the exact age of the Hindu epics, historians say they were probably written at least two millennia ago. Rao says this in itself is proof the texts are factual because humans did not develop the art of fiction writing until a few centuries back.* Many academics are horrified by such views, and describe his appointment as a blow for the history organisation set up four decades ago to guide research and hand out grants. They point to signs of a broader plan to bring more Hinduism to the classroom through changes to the curriculum.* Two states run by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have recruited controversial Hindu nationalist Dinanath Batra to advise on writing textbooks.* In June, thousands of schools in Gujarat were given textbooks by Batra that claimed cars were invented in ancient India and told children to draw an enlarged nation to include countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.* Teachers at Batra's organisation say they want the books to be in every school.* "The lessons from today's history books are that Indians are nothing and good for nothing," said Atul Kothari, secretary of Batra's Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti, or Save the Education Movement. "The truth is that historically we have been a far superior race."* Union HRD minister Smriti Irani declined to comment on what revisions will be included in a review of the curriculum planned next year.* The last time the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was in power a decade ago, it began to rewrite school books in line with Hindu-nationalist orthodoxy.* When the Congress party came back to power, it rewrote the books again. Academics say the loser in all this are confused, and sometimes ill-informed, schoolchildren.* Modi is the first Prime Minister to publicly back the view that holy texts show many discoveries of modern science were made by ancient Indians. He told an audience of doctors last month that the Hindu god Ganesh's head was evidence of ancient plastic surgery. A warrior the Mahabharata describes as born outside his mother's womb was a test-tube baby, Modi said.* "These claims can be interpreted as signs of an inferiority complex," said Romila Thapar, a leading scholar on ancient India. "The most disturbing thing is that many people accept this without questioning it," said Thapar, whose books one BJP leader has said should be burned.

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There is more chance of india dividing up as separate entities than ever Sanskrit becoming the link language to replace English Bjp if they continue this brahmin hindutva agenga of forcing Sanskrit on everyone they are going encourage the hatred feelings in the southern parts which has been dead for 40-50 years . For all the finger pointing at Pakistan situation the only time their country was actually divided was when they enforced their language not religion . BJP need to seriously realize that they won't regularly repeat the clean sweep of Hindi heartlands with modi way always in the future. If they want to grow into a pan India party and grow into south India they need to stop with this Sanskrit crap

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For all the finger pointing at Pakistan situation the only time their country was actually divided was when they enforced their language not religion .
Marginal political rights, disproportionate division of funds, cultural discrimination, GENOCIDE etc clearly had nothing to do with it.

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a language has five possible reasons for it to be valuable to a populace: • A transactional language • A literary language • A liturgical language • A cultural language • A conquering language German would be a transactional language or lingua franca with only a limited set of people: Germans, some Swiss, some Dutch, I believe. It is a good literary language, but it does not jell greatly with the Indian ethos. It is clearly not a liturgical language. A cultural language is one that resonates with the culture of the people: for instance, if you read Guenter Grass’s magnificent works such as The Tin Drum and The Flounder, you can see it is replete with details of the history, the cuisine, and even the crops and fish of Kashubia (a land I have never read about elsewhere) and specifically of Danzig, now Gdansk. English is the typical conquering language, which is imposed on (and eventually, as is evident, internalized by) the conquered – as in India, Ireland, Scotland, and elsewhere. Germans didn’t conquer India, so it is not a conquering language either. If you look at Sanskrit carefully, you can see that it is many of the above: a lingua franca for most of India’s history, undoubtedly the greatest literary language of India and almost certainly of the entire classical world, the liturgical language of Hindus, and the cultural language that links the conceptual entity of Bharat. Was Sanskrit also a conquering language? Some, still harboring notions about the Aryan Invasion Fantasy, would say so, but it is increasingly evident that it was the language of the natives, not imported by some "Aryans thundering down the Khyber Pass in their horse-drawn chariots" in the bizarre imaginations of certain "eminent historians" who are past their shelf-lives. One of the (intentional) mistakes people make is in imagining that Sanskrit was only a Hindu liturgical language. Far from it. As this tweet suggests, the body of non-religious literature in Sanskrit, including everything from texts for metallurgy to off-color jokes about bodily functions, is immense. For instance there was the beautiful erotic poetry written by one Dharmakirti; it turned out the same Dharmakirti was a severe Buddhist logician! 1. संस्कृतसंवर्धनम् retweeted Hashmi Shams Tabreed ‏@hstabreed Critics of Sanskrit hate it for its religious association not realizing its richness. Music, Science, Arts Sanskrit Literature has it all Sanskrit’s other claim to fame is that it is the most scientific human language of all time. I will have to delve into my computer science background and formal language theory to explain this. I have heard people say, "XYZ says Sanskrit is the best language to do Artificial Intelligence with" or words to that effect. This is not strictly speaking true: for AI, you need logic-based languages such as LISP or Prolog. Paninian or Classical Sanskrit (as contrasted with Vedic Sanskrit) is the most refined and precise human language ever invented. It has an astonishing property known as a "context-free grammar", and so far as I know, it is the only human language that has ever had this. Context-free means that the language is utterly unambiguous, and every sentence in it can be derived precisely from a set of rules. In Paninian Sanskrit, as embodied in the Ashtadhyayi, there are 3959 rules. Its context-free nature comes from an audacious attempt by Panini to encapsulate the infinite variety of expression in language in a finite number of rules. Even now, it is difficult to imagine that somebody, 2,500 years ago, had the chutzpah to attempt to condense infinity into a finite set of rules. This idea could have only arisen in ancient India, with its familiarity with the mathematical notion of infinity. This idea, that Panini codified, was independently re-discovered in the 1950s by IBM engineers, as they tried to figure out a way to communicate with computers. What they needed was to find a way to instruct computers in totally unambiguous fashion. So Backus and Naur came up with context-free grammars (there was some work by Noam Chomsky at MIT in this area), and lo and behold, they were astonished to find out Panini had anticipated them by two and a half millennia! The human-programmable computer languages that exist today, say C++ or Java or Ruby, can be described precisely in a few hundred rules. This precision allows these languages (and Paninian Sanskrit) to be lexically analyzed by a parser, which can then create a semantic tree structure that encodes the underlying 'meaning' of the statement (or program). That semantic tree than then be translated precisely into machine code (binary, ie 0 and 1, or hexadecimal, ie 16 characters, 0123456789ABCDEF) which will then run on the machine.The above is what compilers do – the programs that translate human-readable languages into the incomprehensible machine code (or slightly less obscure Assembly Language) that machines can understand. I worked on compiler construction for several years, and they are among the most sophisticated software in regular use. So what exactly does "context-free" mean? It means that the meaning doesn’t depend on contextual knowledge or common sense. Obviously human languages are context-sensitive: you just have to know certain things as a user of the language or else you will be confused. Here is an example of two sentences in English: 1. Fruit flies like an apple 2. Time flies like an arrow The two sentences are lexically identical, but to the human reader, based on contextual knowledge, they are vastly different. But to a computer, which has no context, they are identical. If the computer is fed the first and told that fruit flies are a kind of fly and that apples are fruits, it will create certain semantic model. Then, when given the second sentence, it will conclude that 'time flies' are a kind of fly and that arrows are fruits! It is essentially impossible to write such ambiguous sentences in Paninian Sanskrit. That is one of the reasons why word order doesn't matter in Paninian Sanskrit, as it does in English (imagine "Rama killed Ravana" and "Ravana killed Rama" as examples). That someone millennia ago was able to conceptualize, and even more astonishingly, create a Grand Unified Theory of Language is simply stunning. Let us note that even a widely acknowledged genius like Albert Einsten failed to come up with a Grand Unified Theory of Physics, even though he tried hard. Arguably, Panini’s successful effort then was the greatest accomplishment of a single mind in all of recorded history: creating something so advanced that it took 2500 years to figure out how to use it! There is another reason for the perfection of Sanskrit, and that is the logical nature of Devanagari. There is no other alphabet that so scientifically orders different sound families horizontally, and the associated types (dental, retroflex etc.) horizontally. Just consider the Roman script – it has a randomly assembled set of sounds, in no particular order, in stark contrast to the rigorous order of Devanagari. Many of us have studied another rigorously ordered scientific table that has horizontal families and vertical variants or types: that is the Periodic Table of Elements of Mendeleev, which was also so advanced that he was able to group the elements and suggest that there were gaps where new elements, yet to be discovered, belonged. The resemblance is no coincidence: Mendeelev was strongly influenced by Devanagari, and he acknowledged as much in his terminology. Where there were gaps, he would call the missing, to-be-discovered elements eka-boron, or dvi-silicon or tria-carbon, consciously using the Sanskrit words for one, two, three etc. Later, these anticipated elements were indeed discovered and given new names. So here’s an example of what Rajiv Malhotra might call "digestion" of Indic ideas into western memes, although, to be fair, there is indirect credit. From several points of view, thus, Sanskrit is not only the one candidate that deserves to be the national language – much as Israelis resurrected the once-moribund Hebrew – but it is by many measures the most perfect language ever invented: truly samskrt or civilized. There should be no reason to fuss even if it is imposed; much less when it is merely being put back into the syllabus where it used to be.
http://www.firstpost.com/india/the-sanskrit-non-controversy-why-it-is-indeed-a-superior-language-1813201.html

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Alright, last words This Sanskrit issue, is really a non issue (atleast it would be in any other part of the civilized world). Unfortunately, India has a large case of gungadeens and Dravidian flag bearers - legacy of 200 years of Raj. My hope is Namo and co. will continue their hindutva by stealth, deliver on economy and let the dogs bark. 10 straight years of BJP and majority of the presstitutes will be singing bhajans to Savarkar, anyways. Beyond that, it is all Maya.

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Inheritance tax proposed for those with more than 25 crores wealth. On twitter' date=' most Modi supporters seem to be against it. What do you guys think? :hmmm:[/quote'] for Seems rich indians dont want to pay any tax.

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There is more chance of india dividing up as separate entities than ever Sanskrit becoming the link language to replace English Bjp if they continue this brahmin hindutva agenga of forcing Sanskrit on everyone they are going encourage the hatred feelings in the southern parts which has been dead for 40-50 years . For all the finger pointing at Pakistan situation the only time their country was actually divided was when they enforced their language not religion . BJP need to seriously realize that they won't regularly repeat the clean sweep of Hindi heartlands with modi way always in the future. If they want to grow into a pan India party and grow into south India they need to stop with this Sanskrit crap
you do realize that pakistan has enforced urdu over local languages like punjabi/sindhi right? Secondly more than language it was an ethnic issue when Mujibur Rehman won the election. That was unacceptable to west pakistani elite. It was this ethnicity. Thirdly i dont understand your point. Nobody is stopping people of TN from learning tamil as a first language. i myself am interested in learning tamil. Is there a law which says you can learn only one language? Sanskirt like Latin is a gateway language to multiple languages such as Gujarati Marathi and Bengali. All of whom i assure you are not in the Hindi belt. The very fact that the BJP are in power in Goa tells me that days of them being a hindi belt party are over. The RSS itself is more Marathi in its upper management than Hindi anyways. Due to being based in Nagpur. Is this some sort of Dravidian propaganda that the RSS is a north Indian phenomenon? Let me lay it down you you straight. The bulk of the RSS leaders of the past from Gowalkar to Bhagwat (currently) are all Maharashtrian. They are not hindi

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you do realize that pakistan has enforced urdu over local languages like punjabi/sindhi right? Secondly more than language it was an ethnic issue when Mujibur Rehman won the election. That was unacceptable to west pakistani elite. It was this ethnicity. Thirdly i dont understand your point. Nobody is stopping people of TN from learning tamil as a first language. i myself am interested in learning tamil. Is there a law which says you can learn only one language? Sanskirt like Latin is a gateway language to multiple languages such as Gujarati Marathi and Bengali. All of whom i assure you are not in the Hindi belt. The very fact that the BJP are in power in Goa tells me that days of them being a hindi belt party are over. The RSS itself is more Marathi in its upper management than Hindi anyways. Due to being based in Nagpur. Is this some sort of Dravidian propaganda that the RSS is a north Indian phenomenon? Let me lay it down you you straight. The bulk of the RSS leaders of the past from Gowalkar to Bhagwat (currently) are all Maharashtrian. They are not hindi
The ethnicity and language were as much intertwined in east Pakistan as it is prevalent in south India As for the 3rd point why should we burden ourselves with a language we don't have any need .If we have any necessity they learn by their own accord . Its about freedom of choice we don't like a language we have no need for enforced on us and under Indian constitution the people have every right to oppose it As for the perception of RSS in Tamil nadu it is considered as a party of brahmin and north india frankly has been the case since rajaji time. RSS fierce support to imposition Hindi as national language and into us , their fierce support to gurukul schooling in 1950s etc .It was not about their leaders but about their agendas then.And of course dravidan parties stoked those I'll feelings greatly in the past Obviously all these perceptions have been on the wane and actually in the recent survey BJP is the 3rd largest party here with 10% vote share.But all these controversies will only harm them

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HRD minister Smriti Irani turns down demands to make Sanskrit compulsory Taking on her critics, human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani on Sunday dismissed charges that education was being saffronized even as she turned down demands that Sanskrit be made compulsory in the curriculum. "Those who accuse me of being a RSS mascot or RSS representative possibly want to deflect the attention from the good work that we have done... this agenda will be flagged and I will be whipped for as long as there is a need to keep attention diverted away from the good work. I am ready for it. I have no problem," she told PTI journalists at the agency headquarters here. Answering questions on the controversial decision to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in some 500 centrally-run Kendriya Vidyalayas, Irani said that teaching of German under an MoU signed in 2011 had been in violation of the Constitution. An investigation has already been launched to find out how the MoU came to be signed. Responding to demands that Sanskrit be made a compulsory language, the minister said that the three language formula was very clear that any of the 23 Indian languages listed in Schedule 8 of the Constitution could be opted for. But she reiterated that German will continue to be taught as a foreign language. "...we are teaching French, we are teaching Mandarin, we teach German in the same way. For the life in me, I can't understand why people are not understanding what I am saying," she said. Irani had earlier strongly defended the decision to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language, saying the existing arrangement was in violation of the Constitution. Dismissing charges that efforts were being made to saffronise education, the minister said she has never tried to explain herself on the "basis of secularism with respect to saffronization in terms of education" while citing examples of choosing heads of institutions irrespective of their religion. Irani said while rolling back the Four Year Undergraduate Programme of Delhi University, she never had in mind which region or religion they (the students) had come from.* In this context, she defended the decision to roll back the programme, saying the degrees offered had no "legal sanction".* "My endeavour is whatever I do should be done so that it is within law and favours the students", she asserted while rejecting the notion that education is being politicized in the country.* Talking about the moves to have a new national education policy, the deliberation of which would start next year, she said the exercise would be exhaustive in nature and involve all stakeholders, besides academicians and experts, who are directly impacted by it.* "For the first time, in the history of our nation, an initiative will be undertaken where the citizen will also be engaged on this policy because education policy when we arrive upon it will have an impact for generations.* "So to ensure that those who will be impacted most also considered in terms of their views...something which I am currently structuring within the Ministry", she said.* A methodology is being prepared wherein the stakeholders apart from private sector, academicians, institutional experts and policy experts could also be engaged in drafting the policy.* It will be deliberated upon in the Ministry and in Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) which is the highest decision-making body on education in the country.* http://m.timesofindia.com/india/HRD-minister-Smriti-Irani-turns-down-demands-to-make-Sanskrit-compulsory/articleshow/45247989.cms

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