English a disease: Naidu

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that English was a "disease" left behind by the British and it was not possible to progress in India without Hindi.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 15.09.18
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Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday that English was a "disease" left behind by the British and it was not possible to progress in India without Hindi.

Addressing a Hindi Divas event organised by the Union home ministry, Naidu termed Hindi "the symbol of socio-political and linguistic unity of the country" and pitched for the translation of literature in regional languages into it.

"English is a disease left behind by the British. Hindi was the main language of communication among the freedom fighters and it was spoken and understood by most of the people in the country. It was the symbol of social, political, religious and linguistic unity of the country. Even today, these qualities make it acceptable among all other languages," Naidu said in Hindi.

All Indian languages, the Vice-President said, were vibrant and each of them had its own literature, dictionary and idioms. "There should be more translations into Hindi, the literature of all regional languages, so that we can access the literature of all Indian languages easily," he said.

According to Naidu, who had been a BJP leader before becoming Vice-President, the question is not whether Hindi is the best among all Indian languages as there are many languages that are older and vibrant. "Sanskrit is the mother of all languages and there are many regional languages that are very vibrant," he said.

Naidu said Hindi was an easy and acceptable language spoken and understood by most people.