Starting next semester, the Bensalem Township School District (BTSD) will be offering its students the opportunity to learn how to speak, write and express themselves in Hindi (India’s official language). Rajan Zed, Indo-American statesman and chair of the Indo-American Leadership Confederation, welcomed this development, commending BTSD for making this offer to high school kids. In addition, he urged other school districts nationwide to offer Hindi and other Indian languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu.
Zed also pointed out that in addition to high school students forming an understanding of India’s culture and learning its various languages, it would be a good idea – to develop their future business skills – for US children to learn more about India since this country is on the verge of becoming a global economic player. As well, since America is a culturally-diverse society, learning new languages could result in additional harmony and cooperation in communities nationwide.