Stalin Slams Centre For “Autocratic Imposition” Of Hindi
DMK President MK Stalin at a public meeting in Tiruchirapalli. (PTI) 

Stalin Slams Centre For “Autocratic Imposition” Of Hindi

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DMK president MK Stalin accused the Centre of “autocratic imposition” of Hindi and underscored the need for unity in opposition ranks to take forward protest against the government on such issues.

Addressing an MDMK party event chaired by its leader Vaiko, Stalin said Tamil was sidelined in the competitive examination conducted by Indian Railways and postal department. After Home Minister Amit Shah’s pitch for Hindi as a common link language, the DMK chief had yesterday said that such a view was against national integrity and demanded that it be taken back.

“We have been compelled to go the protest mode everyday to get our rights,” he said and sarcastically added: “Even if we snooze they (the Centre) will thrust Hindi and ease out Tamil.”

Addressing the MDMK’s 111st birth anniversary celebrations of Dravidian ideologue CN Annadurai, he said since 1938, Tamil Nadu had been protesting against Hindi imposition and several such agitations continued through the years including those held in 1949 and 1953.

Such protests culminated in a massive agitation in 1965 and “has not the situation come to a pass necessitating protests even now?” he asked. “They’re continuously imposing Hindi and we are opposing it all along,” he said, alleging “thrusting of Hindi is being carried on in an autocratic fashion (by the Centre) despite such opposition”.

Not only on the Hindi issue, but also on matters like National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, Cauvery issue, projects on Methane, extraction of Hydrocarbon and Neutrino, Tamil Nadu was being betrayed, he claimed. The Central and State governments were behind the betrayal on such issues, he alleged, adding “we have the democratic duty to stop it”. Protest voices were raised on such issues both inside and outside Parliament and State Assembly and agitations were held by mobilising people, he said.

“We have to join hands and hold protests; and Annan (elder brother) Vaiko is the forerunner of struggle,” he said. Stalin praised Vaiko as a fearless leader, determined to take forward the struggle on such issues against the government be it inside or outside of Parliament.

After Shah’s Hindi pitch, Tamil Nadu parties rallied against it. In a series of tweets in Hindi, Shah had said yesterday, “India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it’s absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that becomes India's identity internationally.”

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