'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)


DMK MP Kanimozhi stated on Wednesday that equating data 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 difficulty shouldn’t be about figuring out Hindi or not. It’s shameful (to say) I will 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, based on information company PTI.

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

In the present day on the airport a CISF officer requested me if “I’m an Indian” after I requested her to talk to me in tamil or English as I didn’t know Hindi. I wish to know from when being indian is the same as figuring out Hindi.#hindiimposition

— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) August 9, 2020

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

Outright ridiculous. Extremely condemnable. A linguistic check , what subsequent? @CISFHQrs ought to reply! https://t.co/D34IKrNLj6

— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) August 9, 2020

The next day H Raja claimed that she did, in truth, 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.

The tweet raises many doubts. When the previous https://t.co/MHGGtFGcl3 Devilal got here to TN his speech in Hindi was translated into Tamil by Kanimozhi. So her declare that she didn’t know Hindi is a white lie. So @blsanthosh was proper in observing that the election remains to be far-off. https://t.co/4V6d8YOPed

— H Raja (@HRajaBJP) August 10, 2020

In the present day 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 figuring out 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, converse Hindi and comply with one faith are we Indians. It’s strongly condemnable,” she declared.

Language has all the time been an emotive subject 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 formulation in faculties – two of which ought to be native. The opposition, together with the DMK, has additionally opposed the NEP 2020 and has referred to as for a overview 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