Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday restressed that English should not be made compulsory in jobs and services. He  called  for promoting Hindi and Urdu and said a nation can progress well if it makes the maximum use of its mother tongue. He was seconded on this by his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who said it would be good if maximum work is carried out in Hindi.

Speaking at a function to honour Hindi stalwarts like poets Neeraj and Uday Pratap Singh, the SP president said English should not be made compulsory in jobs. He said that those who wanted to pursuethe English language were free to do so. But the compulsory tag of English in jobs should be done away with.

Mulayam, who many a time has aired his opposition to English said nations can progress well if they follow their mother tongue, citing the examples of Russia and the USA. Keeping this background in mind the relevancy of English as compulsory for jobs in India was questionable. He called for the promotion of Hindi and Urdu and said it would foster brotherhood and strengthen the country.

Carrying his father&’s views on the issue forward, the chief minister said when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the defence minister, he ensured that official work was conducted in Hindi. It was for the first time that Hindi got to be used in files relating to the defence ministry. The then president Abul Kalam Azad had congratulated ‘Netaji’ on the count and had credited Mulayam Singh for his knowledge of Hindi.

The CM said both Neeraj and Uday Pratap Singh had given a new direction to society through their writings and were also a source of inspiration for the Samajwadi Party movement.

The CM  said the practice of honouring those who had won acclaim and renown for Uttar Pradesh in far-off lands had been started by Mulayam Singh Yadav. This tradition was being continued by his government. He lauded the SP chief for his efforts to promote Hindi.

Akhilesh Yadav gave a cheque of Rs 21 lakh each to Neeraj, a poet and working president of Bhasha Sansthan and Uday Pratap Singh who has taught Mulayam Singh Yadav and is the working president of UP Hindi Sansthan. A cheque of Rs 11 lakh was given by the CM to 12-year-old Mariam Siddiqui, a resident of Thane, who has topped an exam for her knowledge on Bhagwad Gita. This ambassador of peace gave two cheques of Rs 11,000 each to the CM. The money is to be used for needy children. A Hindi translation of Rabindranath Tagore&’s Gitanjali was also released by the CM on the occasion.statesman news service

LUCKNOW, 6 JUNE: Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday restressed that English should not be made compulsory in jobs and services. He  called  for promoting Hindi and Urdu and said a nation can progress well if it makes the maximum use of its mother tongue. He was seconded on this by his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who said it would be good if maximum work is carried out in Hindi.

Speaking at a function to honour Hindi stalwarts like poets Neeraj and Uday Pratap Singh, the SP president said English should not be made compulsory in jobs. He said that those who wanted to pursuethe English language were free to do so. But the compulsory tag of English in jobs should be done away with.

Mulayam, who many a time has aired his opposition to English said nations can progress well if they follow their mother tongue, citing the examples of Russia and the USA. Keeping this background in mind the relevancy of English as compulsory for jobs in India was questionable. He called for the promotion of Hindi and Urdu and said it would foster brotherhood and strengthen the country.

Carrying his father&’s views on the issue forward, the chief minister said when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the defence minister, he ensured that official work was conducted in Hindi. It was for the first time that Hindi got to be used in files relating to the defence ministry. The then president Abul Kalam Azad had congratulated ‘Netaji’ on the count and had credited Mulayam Singh for his knowledge of Hindi.

The CM said both Neeraj and Uday Pratap Singh had given a new direction to society through their writings and were also a source of inspiration for the Samajwadi Party movement.

The CM  said the practice of honouring those who had won acclaim and renown for Uttar Pradesh in far-off lands had been started by Mulayam Singh Yadav. This tradition was being continued by his government. He lauded the SP chief for his efforts to promote Hindi.

Akhilesh Yadav gave a cheque of Rs 21 lakh each to Neeraj, a poet and working president of Bhasha Sansthan and Uday Pratap Singh who has taught Mulayam Singh Yadav and is the working president of UP Hindi Sansthan. A cheque of Rs 11 lakh was given by the CM to 12-year-old Mariam Siddiqui, a resident of Thane, who has topped an exam for her knowledge on Bhagwad Gita. This ambassador of peace gave two cheques of Rs 11,000 each to the CM. The money is to be used for needy children. A Hindi translation of Rabindranath Tagore&’s Gitanjali was also released by the CM on the occasion.