The recently announced policy of KL in education is that schools affiliated to all boards SHALL teach and the students be tested in Malayalam! A policy which according to me lacks character both in its content and its timing.
Developing Regional languages and culture is mandated under the Indian Constitution, but imposing is NOT. If the CBSE, ICSE and IB students have chosen that board for the primary reason that they either do not belong to that state or don’t have Malayalam as their mother tongue, why should they be forced to learn a language which would have no functional use for their future? Secondly, there are students who migrate from state to state based on their parents’ professional demands, so why deny them a choice to their exigencies?
As regards timing, when TN demanded that they would brook no COMPULSIVE methods of learning another language based on a majoritarian view of a special status accorded to a particular language the time limit of 15 years was expiring for English to be treated as Co-official language. But no such threats are imminent to Malayalam now. Things have settled down. TN has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that making kids learn another language is in no way going to facilitate its economy. TN resisted IMPOSITION, which was brought in blatantly through legislative policy changes. What KL is doing is IMPOSING its language on those who don’t want to make their wards learn Malayalam. It is nothing but a State majoritarianism, denying an opportunity of choice!
The only way to preserve one’s culture and language is by GRANTING LIBERTIES to other cultures and languages to prosper side by side and not impose liabilities and grant undeserved incentives for acquiescing with majoritarian views. That Liberty is not only decent but in the long run inculcates in our culture the ability to defend when others impose or incentivise other culture or languages.
KL has taken a regressive step.