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Rajnath's remark on English: TMC takes a swipe at BJP and Congress

Jul 20, 2013 11:45 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh's remarks on English language have turned into an all out political war on Twitter. After the Congress hit out at Rajnath for saying English language has hurt the country, now the Trinamool Congress has taken a swipe at both the parties. TMC leader Derek O'Brien tweeted, "One party only speaks the Queens's English,the other party does not want English.Whattay...(sic)"

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor said English language is an asset. "The fact is that English has been a great advantage for us during our economic expansion in the last 20 years. The fact that we have knowledgeable, educated, English speaking young people, has been a huge asset enhancing the economic growth, trade, outsourcing," Tharoor said.

Rajnath Singh had sparked a controversy by saying that English language has hurt the Indian culture. Rajnath Singh had on Thursday said that English has caused a great loss to the country by eroding its cultural values and restricting the growth of Sanskrit in the country.

"We have lost everything in the era of modernism. English language has caused maximum damage to India. Knowing or speaking English is not bad but the problem is when we try to act like an Englishman," Rajnath Singh had said.

His comments have been criticised by political leaders. Congress General Secretary Digvijaya SIngh tweeted, "Comments are most welcome! Would The Sanskar Dham of Gujarat and RSS kindly respond? (sic)"

The Congress said the Opposition party had itself "outsourced" its vision document to people who only spoke English. "I sometimes feel like laughing at our friends. On one side their vision document is outsourced to people who don't speak any language other than English. Is this medievalism or hypocrisy," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said.

Tewari said the debate whether pre-schoolers should be taught English so that they can use the Internet had taken place in other countries also. "This attempt to create a dispute over language or saying that one language is better or worse that another, doesn't strengthen the country and is not expected from a responsible political party," Tewari said.

(With additional information from PTI)