DMK Cries Foul over Centre's Directive on Hindi

DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should focus on economic growth and social development.

Published: 19th June 2014 02:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2014 03:48 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

CHENNAI: Dubbing as beginning of "imposition of Hindi", the NDA Government's reported directive to officials to give priority to the language in social media, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should focus on economic growth and social development.

"Giving priority to Hindi will be construed as a first step towards attempt at creating differences among non-Hindi speaking people and making them second class citizens," the 90-year old leader, whose party spearheaded the anti-Hindi agitation in the 1960s in the state, said in a statement here.

Reacting to media reports that officials of all Union ministries, departments, corporations, or banks, who have official accounts in social media, should use Hindi, or both Hindi and English but give priority to Hindi, Karunanidhi questioned why Hindi should be given priority over other languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of Constitution.

Recalling decades-long history of opposing Hindi impostion and his party's role in it, Karunanidhi said at a time when the aspirations of a diverse section of people needs to be addressed through constructive efforts, showing interest in a language for communication would become diversionary.

"It is the desire and appeal of all well wishers of the nation that Prime Minister Modi should focus on accelerating economic growth and social development."

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