India’s secularism cannot be ‘shaken’ by language: Modi

PTI Berlin | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on April 14, 2015

India’s secularism is not so weak that it will be “shaken” just because of a language, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in the backdrop of a row over Sanskrit replacing German in government-run schools in India.

Addressing a reception for the Indian community here last night, Modi referred to a time decades ago when German radio used to have a news bulletin in Sanskrit.

“In India, there was no news bulletin in Sanskrit at that time because perhaps it was thought that secularism would be endangered,” the Prime Minister said.

“India’s secularism is not so weak that it will be shaken just because of a language. One should have self-confidence. Self-confidence should not be shaken,” he said.

Modi did not elaborate but his veiled comments assume significance as these come months after a row over replacing of German as third language in government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya schools with Sanskrit.

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Published on April 14, 2015
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