'Shameful To Say Can Be Indian Only If I Know Hindi': DMK MP Kanimozhi

Tamil Nadu DMK MP Kanimozhi has hit out at recommendations “being Indian” is linked to Hindi (File)

Chennai:

DMK MP Kanimozhi mentioned on Wednesday that equating information of Hindi with nationalism was “shameful” and expressed concern that it had already edged out languages in establishing one’s identification.

The Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi additionally rubbished claims by H Raja, a BJP chief within the state, that regardless of her assertions on the contrary she was fluent in Hindi and served as a translator for the late former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi Lal on his go to to the southern state.

“The problem shouldn’t be about realizing Hindi or not. It’s shameful (to say) I could be Indian provided that I do know Hindi,” Ms Kanimozhi, who’s the daughter of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, advised reporters in Chennai this night, in line with information company PTI.

Politics over language, a delicate concern within the south, discovered a brand new flashpoint on Sunday, after Ms Kanimozhi mentioned an airport safety officer requested her if she was “an Indian” as a result of she mentioned she did not know Hindi.

“I wish to know from when being Indian is the same as realizing Hindi,” she tweeted after the expertise, with a number of political leaders, together with the Congress’s P Chidambaram (and his son Karti Chidambaram).

The next day H Raja claimed that she did, the truth is, know Hindi.

“When former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal got here to Tamil Nadu his speech in Hindi was translated into Tamil by Kanimozhi. So her declare… is a white lie,” Mr Raja’s tweet, which was written in English, learn.

Right this moment Ms Kanimozhi hit again on the claims, reiterating she had by no means studied Hindi whereas in college.

“I didn’t translate Hindi for anybody, even English additionally I didn’t translate. How can I translate with out realizing the language? In my college I learnt solely Tamil and English. Even (after) staying in Delhi for a few years I do not know Hindi,” she was quoted by information company ANI.

“Many leaders additionally know that I do not know Hindi. It is not whether or not me or anybody is aware of Hindi or not. It is how studying Hindi will make one an Indian… the thought that provided that we comply with one ideology, communicate Hindi and comply with one faith are we Indians. It’s strongly condemnable,” she declared.

Language has all the time been an emotive concern in Tamil Nadu, the place the Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP) 2020, which proposes educating in both the mom tongue or the regional language until Class 5, has been stirring up controversy.

Calling it imposition of Hindi, the state – the place the AIADMK, an ally of the BJP, is in energy – has rejected the centre’s proposed implementation of a three-language system in faculties – two of which needs to be native. The opposition, together with the DMK, has additionally opposed the NEP 2020 and has referred to as for a evaluation of the sweeping reforms it has proposed.

Within the 1960s, there was a large anti-Hindi agitation within the state after the Congress, which was in energy on the centre then, tried to make Hindi the official language.

With enter from ANI, PTI

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