New Delhi: Strongly favouring the learning of English to succeed in the modern world, Union Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor has said denial of opportunity to children to study the language would destroy their future.
If Keralites want to succeed in the modern world of liberalisation and globalisation, they should learn English well, he told a two-day international conference on "Curricular Reforms and Class Room Practices in English" last night.
"Denial of opportunity to learn English to our children would be tantamount to destroying their future," he said, adding learning English should not be the privilege of a few.
Tharoor, a former UN diplomat, however, said Malayalam should certainly be the first language of Keralites and English the second language, adding knowledge of English would be a passport to economic, social and educational advancement.
Noting that more Keralites were forced to go to different corners of the world as the state did not offer large scale job opportunities, he said hence English was more important to Malayalis than it was to Biharis or Tamilians.