German ambassador Michael Steiner is organising a ‘satsang’ on his birthday on November 28, 2014, to which he has sent invites to leaders of different political parties and central ministers including HRD minister Smriti Irani. This move has come after the recent language row on the replacement of German with Sanskrit as third language in Kendriya Vidyalaya across the country.
The ‘satsang’ will take place in the German embassy in Chanakyapuri and will be addressed by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who will talk on how to bring different cultures together and foster the mutual understanding between people in Europe and India.
“This was decided between my wife and I even before this government was sworn in. I had written to him (Ravishankar) and he was gracious to accept it,” Steiner stated. Steiner has been pro-active in taking up the cause of German after the HRD ministry recently decided to replace it with Sanskrit as the third language in the Kendriya Vidyalayas on the ground it was against the three-language formula and violated the national policy on education.
Commenting on the road ahead on this controversy, Steiner said he was confident a practical solution that is within the ambit of Indian laws would be reached soon.