On a day he was declared winner of the 2014 Jnanpith award, India’s highest literary honour, Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade described English as a ” killer language” and calling for its banning from the field of education in India. He also sharply criticized two Indian-origin writers, V S Naipaul and Salman Rushdie, for “pandering to the West” and dismissed their works as being of little value.
“Primary as well as secondary education should be in the mother tongue. What is so great about English? There isn’t a single epic in the language. We have 10 epics within the Mahabharata itself. Don’t make English compulsory; make its elimination compulsory,” Nemade (77), who himself has been a teacher of English and comparative literature at various universities including the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, said. He was speaking at a function in Dadar organized by the Matrubhasha Samvardhan Sabha.