"If mother tongue is the medium of learning during the initial education, it makes learning easier in further education. This is not possible if one starts learning in a foreign language since childhood," Bhagwat said.

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief was addressing silver jubilee function of Vidya Bharati institute here.

There are several instances of people who studied in their native tongue and went on to serve the country at highest levels, Bhagwat said. The RSS chief, however, said he was not opposed to teaching of other languages.

"None of the foreign languages are unacceptable to us, but the priority should be learning the mother tongue," he added. He also hailed the efforts of Vidya Bharati to impart 'culture-based' education.

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