Will resist all Hindi imposition efforts: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin

He said that the BJP government has made it a practice to impose Hindi everywhere, from administration to education.


Published Jan 26, 2023 | 12:56 PMUpdatedJan 26, 2023 | 12:56 PM

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has accused the BJP-led Centre of being “brazen” over the “imposition” of Hindi and asserted that his party, the ruling DMK, would continue to resist any attempts to force the language upon the people or the state.

Addressing a Language Martyrs Day public meeting in Tiruvallur on Wednesday, 25 January, held in honour of those who had died as part of anti-Hindi agitations in the state in the past, Stalin said the ruling BJP at the Centre has made it a practice to “impose Hindi”.

“The BJP government which is ruling the Indian Union has made it a practice to impose Hindi — from administration to education — (and) they think they have come to power to impose Hindi.”

“Like one nation, one religion, one election, one (entrance) test, one food, one culture, they are trying to destroy the culture of other national races with one language,” Stalin, also the DMK president, charged.

Recalling an October 2022 state Assembly resolution against Hindi imposition, Stalin said: “Our struggles against Hindi imposition will continue. Our efforts to protect Tamil will continue forever.”

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Other state languages not celebrated

“The BJP government is brazenly into Hindi imposition,” said Stalin, adding that while it celebrates Hindi Day, the same was not the case with other state languages.

“The importance shown to Hindi is not only ignoring other languages but also amounts to destroying them,” he said.

Stalin further said that between 2017 and 2020, the Centre granted ₹643 crore towards promoting Sanskrit. The allocation for Tamil was a little less than ₹23 crore, he added.

“We are not enemies to any language. One can learn as many languages out of one’s own interest. At the same time, we will oppose any move to impose something,” the chief minister added.

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Following several anti-Hindi agitations, former chief minister CN Annadurai had brought legislation to ensure a two-language formula of Tamil and English because of which the youth from the state was successful in many parts of the world, Stalin said.

“Anna did this to ensure the sacrifice of the language martyrs did not go waste,” Stalin said about the two-language formula.

He recalled that Anna, the DMK founder, after leading the party to power in 1967 for the first time, gave Tamil Nadu its present name.

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