Language is the fundamental tool of human communication which distinguishes it from other living creatures. The mother tongue is a system of communication used by a particular community, or a region, or even a country. Language plays a vital role in shaping of a cultural and traditional heritage.
It is the means with which we keep our identity unified. Encouraging and appreciating the young generations and infants to learn their mother tongue would help them to develop the moral values, confidence, self esteem, and their unique identity within a multicultural society. For example, people of Jammu district speak Dogri and are identified as Dogras, Kashmiris by Kashmiri, Pogal by Pogali, etc. Languages own the heritage of a region. By the introduction of mother tongue as a medium of communication and instruction it will help us to improve our educational standards and will help to mitigate high drop out rates because of the fact that they have a positive impact of their mother tongue. They can express their problems and solution in more lucid ways as their innocence and natural thought process has been built in their mother’s womb. Recently Government of India has come up with a new educational policy which stresses upon local and regional languages to be the medium for learning and now it is the prime responsibility of local administration to identify and give a place to local languages of the area. Due to lack of administrative and parental interest the craze for mother tongue is vanishing . Some people even feel guilty and shameful in expressing themselves in their mother tongue. They prefer English, Hindi or Urdu as a medium of communication with their families and relatives. We should feel proud while speaking and expressing ourselves in our mother tongue.
Jugesh Singh Thakur