Is the RSS Committed to Education in Kannada?

The chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, K. C. Sudarshan, is of the opinion that English is creating a slave mentality in Indians. Recently, he was quoted as saying in Patna -
'We are not only exploiting our children by giving them English education but also causing the birth of slave mentality in them,'
Sudarshan is right in saying that English education is exploitation of our children because it's easier for them to learn stuff in their own language - e.g. Kannada for Kannadigas. He's also right when he says that English education is giving birth to a slave mentality in our children because right from childhood, repeating after the teacher, mugging up even without understanding becomes the norm since English is a foreign language.

We'd like to add, however, that English education also creates a "master mentality" in students who successfully get past the post. That was in any case one of the intentions of the British - to create a clerical class which is considered superior from the rest of the people just because they know English. This master mentality successfully divorced the "masters" from the real India then, and it continues to do so even today.

However, complaining that English education does this and does that doesn't solve the problem. The problem is solved only when education in the language of the land is really taken seriously and implemented all the way up to higher education in a phased manner. We cannot rule out the importance of English in education as things stand today, either. What we need is a solid plan to ramp down English and ramp up Kannada slowly but surely in education.

With the BJP in power in Karnataka and the RSS behind the BJP in spirit, can we expect the RSS-BJP combine to give thrust to education in Kannada? Do the two realize the importance of Kannada in the education of Kannadigas? Is the RSS really committed to solving the problem of education in Karnataka?

For the full news article, read: English education causing slave mentality: RSS chief

6 comments:

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Anonymous said...

RSS can understand if there is someone to tell them. But those who tell them are not telling them to protect Kannada. Instead they woe to fight Terrorism and Conversion. The need to protect Kannada is not on their Top priority.

Karnatique has asked the right question. Sanskrit education is good but education in Sankrit has lost its relevance.

dandapinda said...

RSS is the prime propagator of Hindi across the country. How or Why on earth will they fight for a Kannada cause?

Anonymous said...

Hey, but there are Kannadigas aswell in the RSS. Whatever you make of them they are also Kannadigas. They need to understand that it is completely in the national interest that they also should join hands for the Kannada cause. They need to acknowledge the problems Kannada is facing & should definitely not stay aloof from the real issue.

Ragavendra said...

Whether RSS fight it or no is ir-relavant to our Kannada freedom. It is a widely noted fact that a student is best taught in his mother tongue. It is a fact that any state or nation is suffers high school drop out rate because the medium of instruction is not their mother tongue. See the topper countries France, China, Germany 's advancement in the field of Art, Technology, Automotive respectively. It is obvious and a proven example.

Nalinaa Karnataka Kannada udharr..akhey........... indhinaa kannada bashey paata nhey muula kaarana.........

dandapinda said...

Raghavendra, I totally agree with what you say but even if I want to put my kid into Kannada medium all he can study is upto class 12 or second PUC. He has to switch to English as he is left with no other choice.

Also add to this is the hopeless 3-language policy of the government which enforces hindi, a language which has absolutely no relevance in our land. I would rather learn French or Greek which would fetch me some livelihood if I apply for a French Visa later on.

Coming to RSS point of view, I personally have friends who are institutionalized by RSS. They worship hindi (in Hindi as well). They are brain washed from day numero uno that Hindi is a language of greater god whilst Kannada is dirt and dust useful only for communication with domestics at home. I have tried to change a lot of people who originate from RSS by asking them to converse in Kannada, sing Kannada prayers but which always falls on deaf ears.

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