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]


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  1. KRSeptember 10, 2014 at 6:10 pmReply

    Hindi or any other Indo-European language should NOT be promoted. Probably Tamil should be promoted throughout India. Tamil is a true Indian language. Hindi is not a true Indian language.

  2. VijaySeptember 15, 2014 at 12:39 amReply

    This guy seems to be an ignorant idiot… India will go for a civil war if the language discrepancy is created and if the marginalised language communities increases in number.. Why do India always get stupid people in politics and popular in public life? If these idiots plan to play politics on nationalism like Hitler did, then they have to first do things that HItler did,, he transformed germany from a ghetto country(which currently India is) to a technically advanced nation in Europe.. And that’s the reason why he was a popular leader among germans… Do this idiot think an poor indian struggling to get his daily meal and shelter consider this type of politics any useful? they will hate you to fullest and they spit on India for being an indian.. Spend money on research and innovation.. Stop producing tech-coolies in India to work for developed nations.. First bring this transformation in India.. Alleviate poverty, bring its economy back on its foot, address human trafficking issue and crimes, Make Indian police do their work, corruption free country, etc etc. there are many primary problems in India.. India looks like garbage bin… first make it a country that is suitable to live..before doing all these ridiculous things…

  3. Ravi GilaniOctober 1, 2014 at 4:39 pmReply

    The assumption that English is responsible for the decline of local languages including Hindi is totally misplaced.

    The real issue is in our mental model. Generally English speaking, a person gets more respect if he is speaking English than speaking any other local language.

    Another parameter that we must consider that any person who is speaking English must have worked hard as English is not the mother tongue for most of the Indians.

    I agree that the medium of entrance examination should not be only English.

  4. Somayajula achuta ramaiahOctober 1, 2014 at 10:48 pmReply

    Some people are crazy to suggest Hindi in place of English — like this Jain . Jain is from iit Kanpur but that does not give any right to ask for a such a change . One can see that the people from north cannot digest the fact that the people from south have such a facile way of understanding English that they compete well in the exams at all levels of iit s. A similar idea was started for ias exams in upsc because the chaps from the south scored well in the exams but if Hindi were adopted they would not do well. But you forget that the southies can adopt Hindi if forced upon and do so well that you would ask for English adoption. The South Indian languages have more Sanskrit content than Hindi even like Maryam – except the script. Jain should be warned about it it. But I do not see any reason with the way English is adopted in iits . It gives such a scope of advantage when you go abroad for work or job. Assuming that iits adopt the Hindi stuff then when you go abroad you have to relearn English ? I consider it totally silly idea for adoption of Hindi replacing English. With kind regs .

  5. Joseph SreshtaOctober 11, 2014 at 4:49 amReply

    Clearly Mahesh Jain has the brain of a sparrow, or less.
    The Hindi lanaguage, unlike German, French, Russian and Chinese has not progressed with Technology and Science. And it’s too late now to catch up.
    English is without a doubt the major global language. It’s high time for all Indians, especially those in the Science and Technology fields, to get proficient in English and become competitive.
    One final thought, it was a big mistake to make Rourkee REC an IIT.

  6. AK DasOctober 13, 2014 at 3:18 pmReply

    It need sorts to make this world: good (wo)men, bad (wo)men and specimens. Mukesh Jain belongs to the last. Let him live woith his obsessions. As the Hindi saying goes ” …. bhonke hazar, haathi chhale bazaar”.

    The “one final thought” expressed by Joseph could be right!

  7. Dr. Beheruz N. SethnaOctober 16, 2014 at 9:08 pmReply

    He is clearly a politician (whether elected or preparing for an election), not an educator nor keyed in to the world of industry and business.

    Indians still enjoy an advantage in multiple arenas *because* of English language skills. China has realized this and is catching up by having more education in English. So, now this brilliant guy wants India to go in the reverse direction and cede that advantage to China!

    I agree with the article which states, “…over 80% of the scientific literature produced these days is in English, ensuring that those who do not have sufficient skills in the language may be excluded from … much of the work and research being done in their area of expertise.”

    Mahesh Jain, keep doing what you are doing and China will send you a big bonus check! Whose side are you on?

  8. Sandeep SaxenaOctober 17, 2014 at 10:47 pmReply

    Command over English allows us to travel and work in other countries without any issues. English is the language of business in Americas, Australia and part of Europe and Asia. If you want to stay in India for rest of your life then you may switch to another local language.

  9. Virendra GroverOctober 18, 2014 at 6:35 amReply

    Comparing HINDI, TAMIL or ENGLISH has no meaning. A language develops on the strength of use. Has China, Japan, Germany, Russia not or progressed without English? It would be better if we do constructive work to promote rather than protesct.

  10. narender jainOctober 20, 2014 at 5:01 pmReply

    It is indeed ridiculous. Tomorrow he will say learn Sanskrit !
    What is beneficial for public at large economically should be done. Our is a multicultural country. In north east close to 400
    dialects with roman script are spoken.
    Promote hindi by all means, do not impose it, Nothing forced down the throat works ,ever.

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