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"Students studying in mother tongue stand at a lesser footing as all the competitive
examinations are conducted in English."

 

  A three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan,
  

 

Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan

        

         India is pursuing a policy of excluding vast majority of Indian students educated in Indian language medium schools by ignoring official state languages and making English a compulsory subject for every competitive exam. Without competency in English, an ordinary poor rural candidate cannot even become a clerk in central government jobs. India is following negative discrimination against vast majority of people to the benefit of small minority of elite in India by violating the basic provisions of Article 16(1) and (2) of Indian Constitution.

“16. (1) There shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the State.

(2) No citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, descent, place of birth, residence or any of them, be ineligible for, or discriminated against in respect of, any employment or office under the State.”

  • Every public sector organisation such as Indian Oil Corporation and public sector banks serve the customers in every state in their local languages, advertise in Indian languages, the recruitment is not on the basis of competency in state official language, but English that is hardly used for communication with customers.
  • State Bank of Travancore that operates in Kerala, wherein the official language is Malayalam, the central government ignores it to screen candidates for competency in English and not for Malayalam.  


Governments all over the world promote the use of native languages in managing the executive agencies of central government. Multilingual states around the globe except the former colonies of European countries in Africa, invariably conduct decentralised recruitment to central government organisations.

Read Malayalathinde Bhaavi-Bhasha Asoothranavum, Maanava Vikasanavum” (The Future of malayalam - Language Planning and Human Devolopment) in Malayalam written by K. Sethu Raman published by Maathrubhoomi Books for further details and analysis.