Vaiko Warns of Revival of Anti-Hindi Stir

Published: 13th July 2015 03:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2015 03:44 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Slamming the proposed discussions on the introduction of three-language formula in Tamil Nadu at meetings organised by the State Educational Research and Training Institute functioning under the School Education Department on July 20, 22 and 24, MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Sunday warned of revival of anti-Hindi agitations in the State.

The discussions, to be held in Madurai on July 20, in Coimbatore on July 22 and in Chennai on July 24, will raise the topic of bringing in the formula and development of Sanskrit. Nine questions related to the topic have been listed for discussion, he said.

“There is no bar in Tamil Nadu for those who want to study Hindi. But, attempts to make Hindi a compulsory subject will lead to revival of agitations. The imposition of a language spoken by a section of people in the country on others cannot be accepted. All the 22 languages found in the eighth schedule of the Constitution should be made the official languages of the country,” Vaiko said in a statement here.

Besides, the agenda of the meetings stated that ways to introduce Sanskrit would be discussed, Vaiko said, while insisting on dropping the move to change the two-language formula and imposing Hindi and Sanskrit in Tamil Nadu.

He recalled the anti-Hindi agitations in 1937 and in 1965, when Tamil youth committed self-immolation against making Hindi a compulsory subject in schools.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp