New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday hit out against the proposed New National Education Policy draft. Also Read - Complete Lockdown in Karnataka For 2 Weeks From May 10: What's Allowed, What's Shut | Full List

Taking to Twitter, Siddaramaiah slammed the blatant imposition of Hindi language on non-Hindi speaking states and in a series of tweets emphasised on regional identities. Also Read - Karnataka Registers 48,781 Fresh COVID Cases, 592 Deaths In Last 24 Hours | Details Here

“Ours is a land that exhibits Unity in Diversity. Peaceful coexistence is the need to establish harmony &any force shall work against the laws of society. For us Kannada is an identity, &learning any other language should be by Choice & not by imposition.” Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown News: Complete Lockdown Imposed in Karnataka From May 10, Announces CM | Check List of Restrictions

The draft national education policy report of the K. Kasturirangan committee evoked a mixed response in Karnataka, with political leaders and experts favouring nationwide debate and consensus before “imposing” Hindi on the school children in non-Hindi speaking states as a third language.

With two-thirds of the people across most of the state familiar with Hindi for historical reasons, he said it is only in the southern region or the old Mysore region that the people would find it difficult to accept or learn Hindi as a third language due to lack of exposure to it.

“Barring Bengaluru, which is a cosmopolitan city with more people from other states, students in the old Mysore region have now the option of learning Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu as the third language, as their parents hail from the neighbouring states where these languages are their mother tongue,” said Horatti who was earlier Primary and Middle Education Minister.

Allaying apprehensions of Hindi being imposed in non-Hindi speaking states, the BJP said there is no mention in the draft report on Hindi being imposed or made compulsory as the third language in the schools across the country.

With IANS inputs