‘Indians should speak in mother tongue more’

New Delhi: Favouring promotion of Indian culture and heritage and not looking towards the West, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday urged people speaking the same language to communicate in their mother tongue instead of in English.
“Why should a Tamilian speak to other Tamilian in English. Both know Tamil. They can talk to each other in their mother tongue. A Telugu can speak to another Telugu in their mother tongue,” he said after releasing a Rs 100 commemorative coin on the occasion of the birth centenary of legendary Carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi.
Speaking about her, Naidu said: “Subbulakshmiji used to be called as M SAmma (mother).We have now weakness for English language…We don’t call our mother as Amma, we call them ‘Mummy’.
“Such a beautiful language. Amma comes from the heart and Mummy comes from the lips. In Urdu it is Ammi. We should always speak in our mother tongue, in our language. There is nothing wrong in speaking English to an English man.”
Naidu also said: “The mother tongue which has come from your mother’s womb, you should never forget. Nobody should forget their mother, the motherland, place, country, land, India where you were born.”
“One who forgets his mother, motherland, native place and mother tongue…you cannot call him a human being…he is something else,” Naidu added.
He also pointed that “India was once again being recognised and respected worldwide. Thanks to the leadership.” Naidu said: “It is our duty to preserve this culture and heritage.”