Srinagar, Feb 10 :

CPI (M) on Friday said that the direction of Jammu and Kashmir State Council of Educational Research and Training (JKSCERT) to teach Hindi language of classes Ist to 10th in all schools amounts to deepening the divide further.

“Such recommendations are virtually negating the legacy of the freedom struggle and the constitutional promises of nourishing unity and diversity. Favouring Hindi at the cost of other languages amounts to an attack on national integration. The educational system and administrative institutions have accepted Urdu which is a modern Indian language as a link language since Maharaji Hari Singh declared it as the official link language in 1920,” a statement issued here said.

CPI (M) further said that the Urdu language, without being the regional language, is intelligible to 100 per cent of our population. Now imposition of Hindi is an arbitrary decision of the BJP government that has a singular purpose, that is deepen the divide in a multilingual, multi-ethnic society of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Without being hostile to Hindi, we strongly condemn imposition of Hindi in our schools that are already overburdened with different curricula,” it said.

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