Congress chief P Chidambaram tweeted on the event of Hindi Diwas as we speak and mentioned he “rejoice(d) with Hindi-speaking people” celebrating the language. He additionally included a point out of Tamil, which he referred to as “one of the oldest languages of India”.
“The Tamil-speaking people are legitimately proud” of their language, the Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu mentioned within the first of two tweets.
Each of Mr Chidambaram’s tweets have been posted thrice – in Tamil, English and Hindi – in a refined swipe at central insurance policies seen by many within the south as trying to impose Hindi over regional languages.
“We rejoice with the Hindi-speaking people who are celebrating Hindi Diwas today. The Tamil-speaking people are legitimately proud that the Tamil language is among the oldest languages of India,” he mentioned in his first tweet.
We additionally have fun that the archaeological excavations being achieved in Keeladi and close by areas have dropped at the information of the world the roots of a 2600 yr outdated Tamil civilisation
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 14, 2020
Mr Chidambaram’s second tweet identified that archaeological excavations within the Keeladi area of the state had unearthed proof of a 2,600-year-old Tamil civilisation.
The tweets come amid a simmering row between centre and state over the perceived imposition of Hindi – a row that exploded in June final yr after the centre launched a draft of the National Education Policy.
Southern states, led by Tamil Nadu, lashed out, significantly after Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Hindi Diwas final yr, mentioned that since Hindi was “the most widely-spoken and understood language” in India, it was the one one that might unite the nation.
DMK chief MK Stalin declared “this is India, not Hindia” and warned the centre of a “language war”.
Last month DMK MP Kanimozhi reignited that fireplace; she mentioned a CISF officer at Chennai airport had requested “if ‘I am an Indian’ when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi”.
Mr Chidambaram mentioned he had skilled comparable taunts and tweeted: “If the centre is genuinely committed to both Hindi and English being official languages of India, it should insist that each one central authorities workers are bilingual in Hindi and English,” the 74-year-old former Union Minister wrote.
If the Central authorities is genuinely dedicated to each Hindi and English being the official languages of India, it should insist that each one central authorities workers are bilingual in Hindi and English.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) August 10, 2020
In September final yr Mr Chidambaram, who was at the moment lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in reference to the INX Media case, mentioned that if the Tamil people spoke in one voice, their language and tradition could be acknowledged.
Ms Kanimozhi’s tweet in August additionally returned the highlight to the schooling coverage. The ultimate model – National Education Policy (NEP 2020) launched in July – mentioned that both one of many mom tongue or the native/regional language could be the medium of instruction as much as Class 5 in all colleges.
Tamil Nadu has long opposed any moves to give Hindi more prominence than different Indian languages. The area noticed anti-Hindi protests between 1937 and 1940. In 1965, the difficulty flared up as soon as once more and round 70 folks died within the violence that adopted.