Sharing his insights on the mother tongue or ‘Matra Bhasha’, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that word ‘Amma’ or ‘Ammi’ for mother comes from the heart, while ‘Mommy’ comes from the lips. Urging people to speak in their mother tongue, Naidu asked them not to forget their own language but said it was fine to talk in English when speaking to a foreigner, PTI reported.
Naidu made these remarks while addressing a gathering at an event to commemorate the birth centenary of music legend MS Subbulakshmi. “We now use English language to address a mother — mommy or daddy…But, ‘Amma’, such a beautiful language, for a mother, comes from the heart or ‘Ammi’ in Urdu comes from the heart, while mommy comes from the lips. So, Hindi, Sanskrit or Urdu or Telugu, we should always speak in our mother’s tongue,” Naidu was quoted as saying. Earlier this year, Naidu had said it was important to learn the ‘Rashtra Bhasha’ (national language) Hindi as most people in the country speak that language.
The Vice-President, who was then a Union Minister, had also stressed on the promotion of ‘Matrubhasha’ (mother tongue) and lamented that too much importance was attached to English in the country. “I always tell people that one should never forget his or her mother, motherland, native place and mother tongue. Those who forget cannot be called human beings, they are something else. So, always speak in your mother tongue. Respect the language that has come from your mother’s womb,” he said at the event today.
“There is nothing wrong in speaking English, to an Englishmen,” he added. In his trademark style, the Vice-President, who spoke after Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, said, “I do not belong to Mahesh Sharma’s party. I now belong to the party of the Indian people.” In his speech, Naidu also recalled the contributions of Subbulakshmi or MS, as she was fondly known to people, and exhorted the young generation to draw inspiration form her life and unparalleled achievements.