GUWAHATI, April 21 � Public activist Prof Deven Dutta today took potshots at Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla for preferring English as a mode of communication over Assamese, the State�s official language, in a crucial meeting of all the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police of the State and termed the duo�s attitude as �disrespect to the Assamese language and the State as a whole�.
�It was a government function convened by no lesser a person than the Chief Minister himself. On one hand, we talk about bringing governance to the doorsteps of the people and on the other hand, we tend to show disrespect to the official language itself,� prof Dutta said.
�There could be two things. Either they are too much obsessed with the master-like mentality of the British or the persons concerned are still gripped by slavish mentality,� he opined. �It seems that the Chief Minister himself does not have the requisite self-confidence to speak in Assamese,� he added.
�For the last 55 years, Assamese is our official language and how could the elected head of the State make such irresponsible preferences in a meeting as important as today�s. Both the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary are unfit for the chairs they are holding and must quit,� Prof Dutta demanded.
He wondered why organisations like the Asam Sahitya Sabha and the students� bodies are so silent on this. �I also want to know where the other political parties stand on the issue,� Prof Dutta stated. �Will they react or stay mum,� he questioned.