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The CSAT protest has once again exposed the double speak of our politicians; as they prefer English education for their children. The Indian politicians live a life which is full of paradox and contrasts. There is complete hypocrisy in what they say and preach. What is more shameful is that when the future of many students hangs in the balance, our politicians are busy in making petty politics out of an issue, which should be understood in its real perspective.

Our Hindi heartland politicians may be opposing the CSAT exams on the account of English as the medium of evaluating the students, but that does not stop them from sending their children to the most reputed English Medium schools. Our politicians, who are financially capable, also understand the importance of English, which has become a global language. It is no longer the language of the elite, but a prerequisite to be able to be well connected to the world. India, which is the land of diversity and various languages, finds a uniting force in English.

Many of our politicians who are barely High School pass also prefer English medium school for their children. The list is endless for such politicians. The first one to oppose the CSAT exam was the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Akhilesh who is so opposed to the English pattern of the CSAT himself studied at the Dholpur military school in Rajasthan. Besides holding a degree in environmental engineering from Mysore College, he also has a master’s degree in the same subject from the University of Sydney in Australia. Even the Congress leader like Arvinder Singh favours an English medium school for his children. His two children study in the Sanskriti School.

Even politicians like Laloo Prasad Yadav, who hold a sway with their rustic charm and have been championing the cause against the CSAT, prefer English medium schooling for their children. Laloo’s all children have an English medium education, including his two sons who have studied at the DPS, RK Puram.

Similarly, other politicians like Trinamool leader Derek O’ Brien, the RJD leader Pappu Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal have sent their children to English schools for their all-round development.

So if English is so important these days, then why there is such harsh criticism of the CSAT, which will only test basic level English of the tenth standard. Imagine a situation where there is no English, in today’s scenario when the world is so united, how the civil servants will understand the intricacies of doing business with them. Also, Indian diversity demands that there should be one common language for every policy maker and English certainly emerges as the first choice. The way there is opposition of Hindi in the Southern states it cannot become a common language for every Indian. The civil servants are routinely also transferred to the other states. It is a very much possible scenario that a north Indian may be sent to southern state for administration, then how that civil servant will run his assigned department.

There is no fault with English, but the stand of the politicians is fallacious. These politicians who make our policies never give any importance to the teaching condition in the schools. Even in government schools English is being taught as a foreign language. So the important point is to raise the standard of English communication in the schools rather than opposing it.

The UPSC which conducts the civil service examinations also understands the importance of English. It is no secret that the UPSC has more qualified people than the politicians of the country. So the administrative body must have given considerable thoughts before making the CSAT compulsory for the civil services aspirants.

The protest against the CSAT is unjustified. But here also the interest of the Hindi speaking students cannot be left. The CSAT should be made optional for the time being and in the next two to three years, it should be made compulsory and marks should be added to the final tally. The CSAT level is not very hard and anybody with little efforts can achieve those English skills to qualify the examinations. So all these protests are unjustified and students who do not understand English should try to learn the language rather than trying to find fault with it.