Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday made a strong pitch for imparting school education in mother tongue throughout the country. The Vice President, who gave away national awards to 45 teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day, said students should have a strong attachment to their motherland and develop a feeling of "Indianness" rather than "ape" the west.
"I would like to advise the government, not only the central government but the state government as well that eduction must basically be in the mother tongue," he said here. Naidu, however, made it clear that he was not against English medium schools while he sought to dispel the impression that only students passing out from these schools can succeed in life.
Talking about historical figures and social reformers such as Mahatma Phule, Narayana Guru, M Visvesvaraya and Kabir, the Vice President said history lessons should focus on them and not British rulers who "looted" the nation and "our mind".
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