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.

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