CHENNAI: Tarun Vijay, BJP MP from Uttarakhand, who had recently made headlines for asking the Centre to introduce Tamil as an optional language in North Indian schools as a step to strengthen national unity, on Monday, urged President Pranab Mukherjee to expedite steps to declare Tamil for use as a language of the Madras HC for passing orders.
“The patriotic, brilliant, Tamil people who have given us great leadership in all walks of life, should have been given the first fruit of our freedom struggle in the form of restoring prestige to their mother language,” Tarun Vijay said in his representation submitted to the President.
Vijay pointed out that in most of the North Indian High Courts, the language of the local people was accepted as the medium of communication. “The logic that many judges belong to different language groups doesn’t hold good as Indian nation holds all Indian languages in same respect,” he observed.
“All political parties, from various walks of life in Tamil Nadu are unanimous in having Tamil for the HC. So, it should be the first act of the Indian Republic to respectfully accept the demand and not give a message of dithering,” he added.
Stating that the nation had an incomparable golden heritage in the form of Tamil that should make Indians proud, Tarun Vijay said he would be organising celebration of poet Thiruvalluvar’s birthday in 2015 in more than 500 schools and colleges in North India, aiming at forging national unity.