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Mother tongue instruction

There are people who say children should be taught in their mother tongue. Many of them send their children to English medium schools. Mother tongue instruction is for ordinary children. English instruction is for their children.
India is a country of many languages. It is not possible for each child to have instruction in its mother tongue. As per census 2001, 60 languages were spoken by 1,00,000 or more people. As per census 2011, 122 languages were spoken by 1,00,000 or more people. Total number of languages spoken in India varies from 780 t0 1,652. There are 66 scripts in India. Some mother tongues considered languages by some are considered dialects by others.
Some states have made learning state language compulsory. Some states want state language as medium of instruction. Many parents want their children to attend English medium schools. In colleges medium of instruction is mostly English. Students from vernacular mediums find switch to English medium difficult. Job prospects are bleak for those who have college education in state language.
Students who have mother tongue different from state language are unable to have education in their mother tongue. In big cities it is not possible to have instruction to each child in its mother tongue. In a class there can be 50 students each with a different mother tongue. In Bombay there were many Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu and other language schools. Their number has come down over the years.
Many go abroad for jobs. Many get jobs in information technology sector due to knowledge of English. Job is important.
It is good to observe 21 February as International Mother Language Day. However most people do not have their mother tongue as medium of instruction and many of those who have opt for English. In many families English has become mother tongue.

Three Modis

Narendra Modi is Modi No. 1. Also known as NaMo.
Lalit Modi is Modi No. 2. Also known as LaMo.
Nirav Modi is Modi No. 3. Also known as NiMo.
Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India on 26/5/2014.
Lalit Modi wanted for a case in FEMA violations in IPL tournament in 2009 in South Africa is an absconder since May 2010. In June 2015 it became public knowledge that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped him get travel documents on “humanitarian” grounds supposedly to take his wife to Portugal for medical treatment. Modi No. 1 should have sacked Sushma Swaraj for that. He did not do it. As per one report Lalit Modi is now a citizen of Malta.
Nirav Modi is now known for defrauding Punjab National Bank Rs.11,400 crores. It is said he has defrauded other banks Rs.3,000 crores. Left India in the beginning of January 2018. He was photographed in Davos with Modi No. 1 along with others. A picture is worth a thousand words. Randeep Surjewala referred to Nirav Modi as Chota Modi 2. AAP, Congress and other parties have attacked Modi No. 1 for what Modi No. 3 did. It is said PMO was informed on 26/7/2016 about Modi No 3 and nothing was done. Congress claimed it is the biggest bank loot scam in 70 years of independent India. BJP tries to shift blame to Congress by saying PNB fraud began when UPA was in power.
There are jokes about NaMo, LaMo and NiMo.
NiMo becomes NaMo’s baby.
Finding Nimo.
Nimo joins Lamo with the help of Namo.
Is Nirav Modi’s Aadhaar card linked to PNB account.
PNB was celebrating Valentine’s Day with NiMo. They gave him lot of LOU.
If you put money in bank – Nirav Modi takes.
If you put money in cricket – Lalit Modi takes.
If you keep money at home – Narendra Modi takes.

Remember the good old days when those who robbed banks were called “robbers” and “bandits”. Now they are called “industrialists” and “billionaires”.
If Modi No. 1 has to survive and thrive politically Modi No. 2 and Modi No. 3 have to be arrested and brought back. Blaming Congress will not work.

Padmavati released

Padmavati which should have been released on 1/12/2017 is now running in theatres after deletion of ‘I” from its name and some modifications. The shows began at 6 p.m. on 24/1/2018 in some theatres. Some states banned the film and after Supreme Court overturned the ban they did not provide security to theatres while goons resorted to violence and damaged public and private property. While there is officially no ban against the film in any state it is not shown in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. Theatre owners are afraid to show the film in those states.
Criminals have a field day when state governments are hand in glove with them. The film is out. Pirated DVDs will be out soon. Some sites also may show the film. It is just a matter of time before the people in four states watch the film, perhaps free of charge.
What can one do when fence eats crop? State governments should maintain law and order. Instead they give criminals a free run. Breakdown of law and order is a fit case for imposition of President’s Rule under Article 356 of the Constitution.
There is one contempt petition in Supreme Court against Karni Sena for violence against release of the film. Tehseen Poonawalla has filed a petition in Supreme Court for action against governments of Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. Both petitions are scheduled for hearing on 29/1/2018. In Haryana there was an attack on a school bus.
Harish Salve who represented the producers in Supreme Court got death threat. He is the one who had suggested India go to International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case. He represented India in ICJ. He took as his fee just one rupee. Prasoon Joshi got death threat though as CBFC chairperson he delayed the certification of the film. There are threats against Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone. No action is taken against criminals who announce bounty for beheading or mutilation.
When Pahlaj Nihalani was CBFC chairperson there was constant criticism of him on TV channels. Udta Punjab got cleared by Bombay High Court and CBFC certified it under the names of judges. Things are not better under Prasoon Joshi but there is no constant criticism of him. Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Mohalla Assi did not get CBFC certificate. He went to Delhi High Court which cleared it. Even after that there was no CBFC certificate for about two months. Then there was contempt petition in Delhi High Court. After that CBFC certified it under the names of judges. Chandraprakash Dwivedi is a member of CBFC.
It is time for Republic Day. Ten ASEAN leaders are in India as chief guests for Republic Day. Normal practice is to have one chief guest for Republic Day. It is bad publicity for India when ten foreign leaders witness mobocracy in India.

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