CHENNAI: Terming it as political intervention in education, party leaders in the state cutting across the spectrum ranging from the DMK to the Congress to the MDMK launched a scathing attack on the Union Human Resources Ministry’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya and the birthday of former PM AB Vajpayee at schools, on Monday.
In a statement here, DMK leader Karunanidhi said that the activities of the BJP government were growing risky with each passing day and causing much anguish. Even as he commended most of the leaders, who he described as following the constituion, he lamented some ministers acting partially when it came to religion and language. He regretted their adamancy despite being cautioned. Taking strong exceptions to the proposed celebration of Malviya and Vajpayee at schools, he said that it would affect the Christmas holiday. He also flayed announcements by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and allied outfits that they would convert Christians and Muslims to Hinduism. Demanding the intervention of PM Modi, the DMK leader said that the activities of VHP amounted to making a mockery of communal harmony prevailing in the country.
MDMK general secretary Vaiko accused the Centre of having become the mouthpiece of Hindutva. Seeking the withdrawal of the notification that mandated the birthday celebrations of Malviya and Vajpayee, he said Vajpayee would be anguished if he gets to know of the announcement as the move was clearly aimed at propagating Hindutva.
Congress leader EVKS Elangovan said the move would wound the hearts of minorities as saffronisation of education was unacceptable. He also said that imposition of such views would only disrupt communal harmony.
CPM State secretary G Ramakrishnan described it as an attempt to impose BJP policies on educational institutions.