Prospects of Arabic varsity cause of concern: Parmeswaran

via Pioneer News Service | Kannur published on February 28, 2008

Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram director and RSS ideologue P Parameswaran has said that sanctioning a centre of Aligarh Muslim University in Kerala would amount to divisionism and sectarianism in the State.

Addressing mediapersons here on Thursday, the former director of the Deenadayal Research Centre, Delhi, said the statement by the Union Minister of State for External Affairs and the Sachar Committee report on the constitution of an Arabic university in the State had created great anxiety.

Parameswaran said that what the State required was a Malayalam university for the promotion of mother tongue Malayalam. The Government was trying to reduce the importance of the mother tongue by bringing in several educational reforms and by trying to create a centre of a university which had a prominent role in the division of the country. He also said that the creation of an Aligarh Muslim University centre in the State would lead to an increase in secessionist activities.

There were no historical evidences for the formation of an Arabic university in any place where Arabic was not a mother tongue, he said. An official direction on this issue in the State was highly regrettable, he added.

Parameswaran said that there were some vested interests and hidden agendas behind this official directive in the State. However, he said that regarding the employment opportunities in the Gulf countries, learning Arabic was essential but he added that there were several Madrassas and university centres for learning the language in all parts of the State.

The RSS ideologue also said that the Government decision to open five centres of Aligarh University in different parts of the country including Kerala was dangerous. He said that AMU was the epicentre of Islamist separatism in the country.

Stating that people of Kerala, unlike their counterparts in other South Indian States, had contempt for the mother tongue, he said this was shameful. The attitude should be condemned, he added.

Parameswaran said that Tamil people had a central Tamil University and Telugu language had attained the status of classical language. In Karnataka also, the people were working for such a position for Kannada. He said that the Kerala Government had not done anything to promote Malayalam language till now.

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