Saturday, July 20, 2013

Congress slams Rajnath Singh’s English language remark

New Delhi: 20 Jul 2013

The Congress slammed Bharatiya Janata Party over its chief Rajnath Singh's remark that the spread of English language has hurt Indian culture. The Congress said that the BJP itself as 'outsourced' its vision document to those who only speak 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 in New Delhi.

Tewari said that the debate on whether pre-school students 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 than another, doesn\'t strengthen the country and is not expected from a responsible political party,\" Tewari said.

The I&B Minister also rejected the criticism of the government\'s handling of the economy by BJP leader Yashwant Sinha. \"I am quite amazed at times, as to how in the kind of global economic environment that we are can any responsible political party really criticize a 5 to 6 percent growth in the economy when most major economies are either registering a negative growth or are barely positive,\" he said.

Tewari said that the Prime Minister had pointed out that things are not possibly as good as they were a few years back, but added that the Government is committed to the process of bringing India back to a very high growth trajectory.

\"The reforms in the FDI sector which have just been announced, the decisions taken by the cabinet committee on Infrastructure to try and unlock the bottlenecks are all steps in this direction,\" he said.
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