Jayalalithaa, BJP allies in TN oppose Centre`s move on Hindi

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 01:23

Chennai: The row over Centre`s move to promote Hindi in social media and official work snowballed on Friday with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and two of BJP`s allies opposing it strongly while a union minister said a "wrong propaganda" was being made on the issue.

At the national level, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat also opposed any move to impose Hindi while in Odisha Assembly a member`s attempt to put a question in Hindi was disallowed by the Chair.
Shooting off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa described the Home Ministry`s proposal as "against the letter and spirit" of the Official Languages Act, 1963, and said the "highly sensitive issue" caused "disquiet" to the people of Tamil Nadu "who are very proud of and passionate about their linguistic heritage".

Social media by their very nature were not only accessible to all persons on the internet, but were meant to be a means of communication to persons living in all parts of India, including those in `Region C`, she said.
"People located in `Region C` with whom the Government of India`s communication needs to be in English, will not have access to such public information if it is not in English. This move would therefore be against the letter and spirit of the Official Languages Act, 1963," she said.

DMK President M Karunanidhi, whose party had successfully led the anti-Hindi agitation in 1960s, had yesterday dubbed the move as a beginning of "imposition of Hindi" that would make non-Hindi speaking people second class citizens.

Shooting off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa termed the move as "against the letter and spirit" of the Official Languages Act, 1963, and said the "highly sensitive issue" caused "disquiet" to the people of Tamil Nadu "who are very proud of and passionate about their linguistic heritage".

Social media by their very nature were not only accessible to all persons on the internet but were meant to be a means of communication to persons living in all parts of India, including those in `Region C`, she said.

"People located in `Region C` with whom the Government of India`s communication needs to be in English, will not have access to such public information if it is not in English. This move would therefore be against the letter and spirit of the Official Languages Act, 1963," she said.

DMK President M Karunanidhi, whose party had successfully led the anti-Hindi agitation in 1960s, had yesterday dubbed the move as a beginning of "imposition of Hindi" that would make non-Hindi speaking people second class citizens.
The Centre`s move also did not go down well with two of its Tamil Nadu allies as PMK and MDMK opposed it.

PMK founder S Ramadoss said BJP has in its election 2014 manifesto promised to develop all languages with rich history and culture. He also called for declaring all 22 languages in the VIII schedule of the Constitution, including Tamil, as official language and "thus put an end to the Hindi imposition controversy."

MDMK chief Vaiko cited Modi`s preference of the social media platform and said the Centre`s advisory on Hindi was a "matter of concern."

He said all Indian languages should be made official languages in the interest of the country`s "unity and integrity" and till such time English should continue as the official language.

Congress leader P Chidambaram advised caution, saying this has resulted in a backlash in non-Hindi-speaking states especially Tamil Nadu.

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat also opposed any move to impose Hindi while in Odisha assembly a member`s attempt to put a question in Hindi was disallowed by the Chair.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 01:23

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