Malayalam Mission`s textbook released
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 20:50
Thiruvananthapuram: 'Malayalam Mission,' is a project by the Kerala government to educate the new generation about their native language and culture, Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan said on Thursday.

Speaking after releasing 'Kanikkonna,' the textbook for language education by handing over a copy to Jnanpith laureate U R Ananthamurthy at the Cliff House, at the Chief Minister's official residence here, Achuthanandan said English language that came as part of British Raj, had sought to 'conquer' the native language in all states.

Even after six decades of Independence, the mindset of people in different states having affinity to the foreign language could not be entirely changed, he said.

"We have to love and cherish our language as we have more than one crore Malayalees living around the world whose children should know the culture and language," he said.

'Malayalam Mission' has ensured that students in the state did not pass out from the tenth standard before studying their native language, he said.

Ananthamurthy said he was glad his suggestion during his stint as Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University at Kottayam to make Malayalam the first language in the state had become a reality.

"Your Chief Minister is a person standing for values," he said.

Ananthamurthy said India, right from the days of Gandhiji and Rabindranath Tagore, had placed cultures of different regions "even above our nationality. The two great men could realise that nationality promoted by countries like Germany and Japan was dangerous for our country speaking several languages," he said.


First Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 20:50

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