After the huge backlash and protests to the Central Government’s National Educational Policy, from politicians, people and celebrities in the south, particularly Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the centre has altered the policy and released a revised draft removing the requirement for making Hindi a mandatory third language in schools.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development and other central government ministers were quick to clarify that this was not the final policy, and they were still getting feedback from leaders in the south.
The anti-Hindi voice has only been growing louder since then, with the support of activists and leaders like Stalin, Kanimozhi, Siddaramiah, and HD Kumaraswamy. The DMK passed a resolution in Tamil Nadu saying it will strongly oppose any threat to the two-language formula in the state.
Kannada actors like Prakash Belawadi and Chetan are known for the anti-Hindi protests that they have been staging for the last few years. Kamal Haasan spoke to the media on June 1 and said that Makkal Needhi Maiam will strongly oppose Hindi imposition. He dismissed views that learning Hindi will help with the job crisis, and said it was not getting better under the present economic conditions anyway.
Composer AR Rahman was also among the first celebrities to join the opposition. He shared the song ‘Innum Konjam Neram’ sung by a Punjabi singer, and said, “Tamizh is spreading in Punjab.” He later welcomed the revision in the draft policy.
A response for actor-politician Rajinikanth is awaited.
அழகிய தீர்வு ??? ”தமிழகத்தில் இந்தி கட்டாயமல்ல… திருத்தப்பட்டது வரைவு!”
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) June 3, 2019
Director Suseenthiran shared a bio about his work in Tamil films published in The Hindu.
Actor RJ Balaji shared a deleted scene from LKG where he tells a journalist that Hindi is not the national language and he need not speak or learn the language.
TN is not against Hindi, it is against forcing Hindi.
Knowing many languages is a strength. But that should be by choice and not by imposition.
And here is a deleted scene from #LKG ?? #HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage pic.twitter.com/lCcqsbRogI
— RJ Balaji (@RJ_Balaji) June 2, 2019
Siddharth, Khushboo Sundar, Chinmayi among others tweeted against the imposition.
First you 'brothers' stop clubbing multiple languages older and more significant than #Hindi as southwalla!
Second, learn the names of our states and languages and try to pronounce the names properly. No more thaaamil, kannad, kayral etc. https://t.co/nxmeNNTBXI
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) June 3, 2019
Indeed..so why only Hindi is being imposed??? https://t.co/cVt4Yppbj3
— KhushbuSundar ❤️❤️❤️ (@khushsundar) June 2, 2019
For the last time, Hindi is not India's 'National' or only official language. Those who tell you that have been brainwashed by their teachers or others who don't know better.Hindi Prachar Sabha in TN churns out thousands of scholars each year, the highest in any Non-Hindi State
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) June 3, 2019
Director-producer Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Cultural Centre also joined the protests.
We all have our own mother tongues, so #StopHindiImposition on us. எங்களுக்கு தமிழே போதும். Hindi is not India’s National Language. Neither is it language of communication between states & centre and let it be that way. So, Let's cherish "Unity in diversity"#Tamil #OurLanguage
— நீலம் பண்பாட்டு மையம் (@Neelam_Culture) June 1, 2019
Ayushmann Khurrana was the only Bollywood actor to speak against Hindi imposition.
#Article15 is making the noise for the right reasons. My stand for equality is not only centred around #Article15Trailer. 3 years back I had written something and it holds relevance with today’s trending topic. Pls read.??#HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage https://t.co/8RX9zffFmT
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) June 3, 2019
While the strong backlash from leaders and others poured in, the Tamil meme nation hit back once again at the central government.
— मदरासी மெட்ராஸ்காரன் ?❤◼ (@advocatearuldev) June 4, 2019
— sleepless in swizz (@sindhu_crescent) June 2, 2019
When some says hindhi is our national language,A D V E R T I S E M E N T
My reaction pic.twitter.com/uXKFrpZMYQ
— satham hussain (@Satham40) June 1, 2019
— Alex Livingston (@AlexLivin24) June 3, 2019
— usar update (@UpdateUsar) June 4, 2019
— Sathish Ramaraj (@sathishraj4144) June 1, 2019
— usar update (@UpdateUsar) June 4, 2019
— AnandTendulkar™? (@Tendulkaranand1) June 1, 2019
— Tcbm Memes (@TcbmMemes) June 1, 2019
— சத்யா சத்யா (@y6OQxKwGPHCB6q1) June 1, 2019
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