'Asked If I Was Indian For Not Knowing Hindi At Airport': DMK's Kanimozhi

Kanimozhi stated she was requested if she “was an Indian” by a CISF official for not figuring out Hindi (File)


The smoldering politics over language, fanned by the controversy over the brand new training coverage, discovered a brand new nucleation level on Sunday when DMK MP Kanimozhi shared a current disagreeable expertise on the airport. The Tuticorin MP stated a CISF officer on the airport requested her if she was “an Indian” as a result of she stated she did not know Hindi and requested the officer to talk in Tamil or English.

She ended her tweet asking, “I wish to know from when being Indian is the same as figuring out Hindi.” A hashtag of “Hindi imposition” adopted.

Her tweet discovered help from many together with Congress MPs Manickam Tagore, who known as it “condemnable”, and Karti Chidambaram who wished the CISF to reply to what he known as “outright ridiculous.”

And CISF did reply quickly after.

They requested for Ms Kanimozhi’s journey particulars – title of airport, location, date, and time of the incident to take motion in opposition to this. Additionally they apologized.

Language politics has at all times been a delicate and emotive challenge in Tamil Nadu the place the brand new training coverage has been stirring up an argument. The proposed implementation of a three-language method in faculties – two of which must be native – was met with significantly robust opposition in Tamil Nadu, which has at all times resisted the “imposition” of Hindi.

Many argue that Sanskrit is the basis of many Indian languages and therefore must be learnt by all. Nevertheless, it’s not the basis to all Indian languages, Tamil being one among them.

Within the 1960s, there was a large anti-Hindi agitation within the state when the then Congress authorities tried to make Hindi the official language. This had catapulted the DMK to energy in Tamil Nadu. The current day is not any totally different.

The MK Stalin-led DMK and lots of opposition events in Tamil Nadu has opposed the brand new training coverage and need a evaluation of the sweeping reforms it has proposed.

Ms Kanimozhi too has at all times been strictly in opposition to imposition of Hindi or Sanskrit in her state the place the 2 languages taught in school are Tamil and English. Hindi nevertheless is taught as an elective topic in some faculties.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami additionally known as the three language police “painful and saddening” and vowed to not implement it in his state.

Union Schooling Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had nevertheless stated that the centre won’t impose any language on any state.


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