Dimapur, September 28 (MExN): North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) today condemned the compulsory imposition of Hindi in Delhi University as “another disgraceful attempt to discriminate against” students coming from different parts of the country.
Terming the move as “shocking,” a press release issued by NEFIS convenor, Chinglen Khumukcham stated that the University did it without issuing any notification after years of unsuccessfully attempting to impose Hindi as a mandatory subject in the DU syllabus.
According to NEFIS, imposition of Hindi would cause immense hardships to students belonging to non-Hindi speaking communities while it maintained that it amounts to “nothing less than cultural chauvinism” by the university administration directed particularly against students from the North-East as most of them are not adept in the language. Not only is the move a gross neglect of the special needs of the “students of the North-East,” it would be of serious disadvantage to the NE students, the NEFIS maintained.
It further alleged that the interests of the students from the North-East are always neglected while framing university polices and “it is not a new thing.”
In this connection, NEFIS said that it will launch an agitation against the discriminatory policy along with the rest of North-East students.
NEFIS further said that a similar attempt to impose Hindi/Modern Indian Languages (MIL) on DU students in 2013 was withdrawn by DU following a campaign by NEFIS.