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Tamil-Speaking Ministers Join Firefight As Anti-Hindi Uproar Flares

prasad1

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Hindi will not be thrust upon any state, the government said on Sunday, stepping up its damage control amid a controversy over the draft version of the National Education Policy 2019, which is seen by many in the southern states as an attempt to impose Hindi on school students.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar posted identical messages on Twitter, assuring that the draft will be reviewed before implementation. Both the ministers are from Tamil Nadu - the state which has been loudest in its objections - and their tweets were in Tamil.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also defended the government, asking people to study, analyse and debate the draft policy and not draw hasty conclusions.

The chorus against the policy refused to die down on Sunday, with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress lawmaker from Kerala Shashi Tharoor issuing warnings against the forced imposition of the Hindi language on South Indian states, a sentiment previously expressed by former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and DMK leader MK Stalin among others.

"Only after hearing public opinion the draft policy will be implemented. Only to nurture all Indian languages PM launched EkBharatSreshthaBharat. The Centre would support to honour and develop the ancient Tamil language," tweeted Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, not ruling out implementation of the controversial draft note.

The assurances followed explanations from the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and his predecessor Prakash Javadekar a day ago that did not appear to quell the concerns.

It is not clear if the public opinion/feedback they talk about would be made state-wise for specific state-wise decisions or will it be across the country in general.

"Most of us in the South learn Hindi as a second language but nobody in the North is learning Malayalam or Tamil," Mr Tharoor was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

His comment appeared to be a rebuttal to defenders of the draft NEP like Karnataka BJP leader Tejasvi Surya who said the policy also encourages students in Hindi-speaking states to learn languages from other states.

In a series of tweets, Mr Surya had also said: "The NEP doesn't impose, rather encourages, learning Hindi as a language in school."

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also spoke out on the language debate. "One language should not be imposed on others for any reason in the name of three-language policy," he wrote in Kannada on Twitter.


 

prasad1

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Centre's U-turn: 3 language formula revised; Hindi made optional.

The Centre has backtracked on the three-language clause in schools after massive uproar. The Centre has now said that Hindi is not mandatory for students.

Parties in Tamil Nadu including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday strongly opposed the three language formula's continuation with add-on features proposed in the draft National Education Policy alleging it was tantamount to "thrusting" Hindi and wanted it junked.

The Tamil Nadu government said it would continue with the two-language formula, seeking to cool frayed tempers.Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in a series of tweets in Tamil said: "what is the meaning of three language formula in schools? The meaning is they will make Hindi a compulsory subject..."In another tweet, he said "If Hindi language is a compulsory subject its import is imposition of Hindi."

"The BJP government's real face is beginning to emerge..." he also tweeted.

Meanwhile, "#StopHindiImposition, #TNAgainstHindiImposition trended on the microblogging site Twitter.The three language formula which bats for Hindi from "pre-school to class 12 was a big shocker," and the recommendation would "divide" the country, DMK chief M K Stalin said.

The draft National Education Policy, 2019 available on the government website said the three-language formula will need to be implemented in its spirit throughout the country, promoting multilingual communicative abilities for a multilingual country.

Schools in Hindi speaking areas should also offer and teach Indian languages from other parts of India, it said. The three language formula, followed since the adoption of the National Policy on Education 1968 and endorsed in subsequent years will be continued.

Read more at: http://www.sify.com/news/centres-u-turn-3-language-formula-revised-hindi-made-optional-news-national-tgdlKyeahefba.html
 

Jaykay767

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No offence to anyone ! South Indians can do without such language fights !

No need to force anyone in south to learn Hindi, there are more important issues in the country that the govt needs to focus on !
 
Tamils don't represent all South Indians. Others have no hang up about learning Hindi, (except kannadigas of Bangalore). India won't be strong unless all its people can communicate with one another by a common language, theoretically Sanskrit, but in practice Hindi.
 

Jaykay767

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Fact : All South Indian states have formally rejected Hindi as the national official language language.

Unsubstantiated hypothesis (no surveys to support this) : Except Tamils, and kannadigas in Bangalore, al others are okay with Hindi.

lets get facts right, and then argue over the merits !


In late 1964, an attempt was made to expressly provide for an end to the use of English, but it was met with protests from states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Puducherry, Nagaland, Mizoram and Andhra Pradesh. Some of these protests also turned violent.[27] As a result, the proposal was dropped,[28


“I will not tolerate the imposition of Hindi through the new education policy. There is no question of a compromise on issues of land, water and language. Keeping aside political differences, everyone should raise their voice together,” said Mr. Siddaramaiah.
 
Fact : All South Indian states have formally rejected Hindi as the national official language language.

Unsubstantiated hypothesis (no surveys to support this) : Except Tamils, and kannadigas in Bangalore, al others are okay with Hindi.

lets get facts right, and then argue over the merits !


In late 1964, an attempt was made to expressly provide for an end to the use of English, but it was met with protests from states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Puducherry, Nagaland, Mizoram and Andhra Pradesh. Some of these protests also turned violent.[27] As a result, the proposal was dropped,[28


“I will not tolerate the imposition of Hindi through the new education policy. There is no question of a compromise on issues of land, water and language. Keeping aside political differences, everyone should raise their voice together,” said Mr. Siddaramaiah.
OMG! So a1964 report is your proof!! That too it was against removal of English!! Did Siddharamaiahji abolish
the three language formula from school when he was in power? You gave your opinion and I mine. Leave it at that.
 

Jaykay767

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OMG! So a1964 report is your proof!! That too it was against removal of English!! Did Siddharamaiahji abolish
the three language formula from school when he was in power? You gave your opinion and I mine. Leave it at that.
OMG !! this is your so called counter !

The first URL report is not about 1964, it is that all south states and many others have all rejected Hindi as official language. They all passed assembly resolutions to this effect and has NOT been revoked so far. Hence this substantiates my point on "fact"

Second URL is to show how strong the anti Hindi sentiment is in Karnataka not just Tamil Nadu !! Sidaramaih is not a Bangalore based politician, he is from rural Karnataka.

Lastly please read the innumerable "recent" fights on languages in Karnataka and south in general. Many rural kanndigas have fought, rebelled against the Hindi usage in PSUs banks, etc..in recent years !!
 

Jaykay767

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Read the url properly, it is not about just removing English. It is replacing English completely with Hindi as the link language. Hence this 1964 proposal was for mandatory study of Hindi by all people in south states !! Hence this agitation came to be known as anti Hindi agitation, not anti English.
 

Jaykay767

Well-known member
Lastly read Facebook, quora, posts etc..to understand how strong the anti Hindi sentiment is in South Indian people even today !!

My response is limited to setting right the "fact vs opinion" !!
 
Lastly read Facebook, quora, posts etc..to understand how strong the anti Hindi sentiment is in South Indian people even today !!

My response is limited to setting right the "fact vs opinion" !!
Let's see how you 'set right the facts'. 1. You quoted a 1964 report. 2.You quoted Siddharamaiahji, a politician. 3) You say that a reading of the sundry opinion in facebook etc, your views are proved to be facts. But the fact is in the other south Indian States, Hindi is a third language in government and private schools . No agitation against Hindi.
 
What is wrong with English being the connecting common link language for the country?
Nothing wrong theoretically. English is the defacto common link language among the upper strata of Indians. That is why in this 'Tamil' 'Brahmins' forum we use not Tamil or Sanskrit (language if brahmins) but only English. With hindi as the link language,we would be proficient in tamil and be using it.
 

ekaputra

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Tamils don't represent all South Indians. Others have no hang up about learning Hindi, (except kannadigas of Bangalore). India won't be strong unless all its people can communicate with one another by a common language, theoretically Sanskrit, but in practice Hindi.
We (Indians) can continue to communicate in English - the language has taken roots and today it is one of the Indian languages. It is an indisputable fact that there are more useful books in English (useful for the country's progress and scientific advancement) than in all the other Indian languages put together (other Indian languages because English is also one of the Indian languages).

Many people (especially politicians) who denounce the continued use of English do not think twice about cutting birthday cakes, blowing candles, singing "Happy Birthday ..." and imitating the westerners in other ways (New Year frenzy etc). This is equivalent to throwing the baby out but keeping the bathwater ((NO to English language but YES to birthday bash, new year bash and other drunken bashes in the name of celebration and ending with bashing one another!).

Before independence, English language may have been another token of our slavery but there is no reason to feel that way today - if people are so sensitive let them think of the language (English) as just another tool to be used like your laptop, smartphone and TV.
 

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