Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 1 (): Persuading people to get the knowledge of English, Union Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor requested students and children to learn the language to succeed in the modern world and also urged saying that denial of opportunity to study the language would result in ruining the career.
In a two-day international conference on “Curricular Reforms and Class Room Practices in English”, Tharoor said that if people from Kerala want to achieve success in the modern world of liberalization and globalization, then it is necessary for them to learn English.
Adding that each and every one should get the benefit by learning the language, Tharoor reiterated saying that denying the opportunity would be equal to destroying the future. He however added that Malayalam should indeed be the first language for the people of Kerala and English the second language.
He further said that getting the knowledge of English would be an extra qualification for Keralites as they are forced to travel to different corners of the world due to inadequate job opportunities in the state. Learning the language was more vital for Malayalis than to Biharis or Tamilians, said Mr Tharoor.
Tharoor recalled his memory describing about VK Krishna Menon who successfully contested the Lok Sabha polls from Thiruvananthapuram forty years back and achieved his goal by speaking in English during his electioneering campaign.
“I would have lost even my deposit, had I delivered all speeches in the election campaign in 2009,” said Tharoor who was opposed by a group of people claiming that Tharoor was not well familiar with Malayalam.
The conference was organized by the state Institute of English and the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan near Mulamkunnathukav, in which Congress MP, PC Chacko also participated. Talking on the advantage of the language, Tharoor, a former UN diplomat said that knowledge of English would also be a passport to economic, social and educational development.