Raj Thackeray praises world Tamil conference
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 04, 2010, 21:49
Mumbai: MNS chief Raj Thackeray today praised the World Tamil Conference held recently in Coimbatore and lamented that such efforts were not being made in Maharashtra for Marathi language.

"I was impressed by the way the Tamil conference was held. The government spent Rs 315 crore and it was a disciplined programme. But our Marathi conferences, whether for literature or drama, always end up in controversy," Raj said on the sidelines of a book release function here.

In our literature and drama conferences, there is always a squabble over some or the other thing. "Why can't we come together for Marathi, forgetting the differences among us?" he asked.

Raj ridiculed granting of Rs 10 crore for the newly started Marathi department by the state government. "The funds would be spent on laying of foundation stone ceremony only," he said.

Referring to neglect of Marathi by politicians, Raj said a school started by D Y Patil does not teach Marathi after 4th standard.

Raj also asked book stores in the city to keep Marathi books as there are complaints that Marathi books are not available in most of the stores.


First Published: Sunday, July 04, 2010, 21:49

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