IIT grad wants to abolish English from the IITs
Mukesh Kumar Jain, 52, a metallurgical engineer from IIT-Roorkee, has been one of the driving forces behind the agitation against the new CSAT format for civil service exams. Jain is the chief patron of the ‘Akhil Bharatiya Angrezi Anivarya Virodhi Manch’, an organization that’s devoted to wiping out English from the country and installing Hindi in its place, North or South.
Since 1986, be it the IIT-JEE exam, the NDA-CDS entrance, bank exams, or tests held by PSUs, Jain has been protesting for changing the language of the exams from English to Hindi. According to him, we have to “learn from China, Germany and France that respecting our languages is the way forward.”
However, the issue with such an emphasis on regional languages is that over 80% of the scientific literature produced these days is in English, ensuring that those who do not have sufficient skills in the languages may be excluded from the much of the work and research being done in their area of expertise.
His first successful protest happened when the violent agitations in the IIT-Kanpur campus forced the institute to issue forms in Hindi in 1986. His anti-English activities have only scaled up since then, and, in fact, found support from several right-wing Hindu outfits, especially for his theories about the “Christian conspiracy” to impose English.
In his office, Jain is surrounded by various books the group has published over the years — mostly on the “threat” of Christian conversions in India. ‘Anna Hazare ka Isai Aatank’, ‘Deshdrohi Kejriwal’, ‘Yesu Main Shaitan Hai’, ‘Indian Bureaucracy Under Christian Siege’ are just some of his several titles that are widely distributed during the Manch’s agitations.
Not everyone agrees. Other organizations that have been at the forefront of the anti-CSAT protests say outfits such as the Jain’s Manch that made the UPSC agitation a nationalist and a language issue have only done disservice to the cause. “There were several volunteers from Hindu organizations who made it an issue of ‘self-respect’. By making it an only ‘No-English’ debate, the original cause of bringing non-science students on par with others got lost,” says Sant Prakash, one of the leaders of the agitation. [Sourced from the Economic Times]