Classifying languages is unscientific, says Chief Minister
Kochi: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Monday said that the Central government should formulate a special scheme for the development of all the languages.
Delivering the convocation address at the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (Kerala), he said that it was really unscientific to classify languages.
He pointed out that the Central government had decided to confer classic language status on Kannada and Telugu subject to court decisions.
He said Keralites gave due respect to Hindi.
The people of the State did like all the languages. Malayalam, which had originated from the Adi Dravida language, had become rich through interaction with other languages. It did not have any hesitation in accepting words and usages from other languages. But at the same time, the people had resisted attempts to impose any particular language on them.
He said that all the languages should be treated equally. It would be dangerous to ignore any regional language. In fact, the mother tongue of each region should be compulsorily taught in schools in the respective regions.
It should be equally applicable to schools under the control of the Central government as well. He said that Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha established by Mahatma Gandhi had been able to create awareness about Hindi in the Southern States.
Vakkom N. Vijayan, president, Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (Kerala) presided.
A pledge was administered to the degree holders by K.B. Byali, chairman, Academic Council of the Sabha, Chennai.
R.F. Niralkatty, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Sabha, Chennai; B. Chinnayyan, chairman of the Sabha, Chennai; and others spoke at the convocation programme.