Nations using native language progress faster: SP

Under attack from Rahul Gandhi for its aversion to English and computers, Samajwadi Party said it was only against their forced and mandatory usage.

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2011, 00:33 AM IST

Lucknow: Under attack from Rahul Gandhi for
its aversion to English and computers, Samajwadi Party on Friday
said it was only against their forced and mandatory usage as
countries which gave importance to native language have shown
that they can progress faster.
"We have never been against computers and English. And
our opposition had only been on its forced and mandatory
usage," Samajwadi state unit president, Akhilesh Yadav told
agency over phone.

"We want all to get education and computers be used where
they are required, and not forced on people or made
compulsory," Yadav, who is presently on the eighth leg of his
`Kranti rath yatra`, said.

In a retort to the Congress general secretary`s attack,
Yadav said those who are so strongly advocating for the cause
of computers and English should tell what they have done on it
earlier.
Referring to China, Russia and France, the Samajwadi
leader said it was also a fact that the countries which have
given importance to their native language have progressed much
faster.

Rahul Gandhi in his mass contact programme had accused
Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav of opposing computers and
English, but at the same time allowing his son Akhilesh to
benefit from both.

PTI