Herald: English will suffocate and stunt growth of children: Bhembre
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English will suffocate and stunt growth of children: Bhembre

30 Jul 2015 01:29am IST

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30 Jul 2015 01:29am IST

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MARGAO: Adv Uday Bhembre stated that the hunger strikes and activity in favour of a foreign language was a bad precedent for the education field.

He said, “We Goans haven’t understood the importance of our mother tongue. If we keep our fashion-loving ways and ignorance going, we are only spoiling the future of our children. We will be solely responsible for it.”

Adv Bhembre was speaking at a book-publication programme of Bimb Publications on Wednesday. He further said, “The ignorance of Goans towards our mother tongue and adoption of English will definitely suffocate and stunt the growth of our children, and we will fall back. The world’s 20 greatest countries that are on the forefront of development and strength are the ones who had chosen their mother tongues or local languages as the medium of instruction. In the direction which India is going, we are somewhere in the middle of these 20 most-underdeveloped and 20 most-developed countries.”

He continued, “Angola and Mozambique are amongst the countries that chose Portuguese as their language of instruction. See where they are now. They are crawling to become financially stable. This will be the condition of India if we give up our languages. We will be sitting in the lines of Angola and Mozambique.”

Adv Bhembre also criticised Kala Academy for not calling Goan Konkani writers and poets at the ‘Kavyahotra’ programme. He said, “There are some people at Kala Academy who have no self-esteem, and if we bear it for too long, it will increase. 

We will have a solution for it soon.”

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