Jayalalithaa opposes Sanskrit week celebrations in schools

It would be appropriate to have organised a 'Classical Language Week' in each state based on its linguistic heritage, said Jaya.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: July 19, 2014 10:55 am
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Any official celebration of ‘Sanskrit week’ in Tamil Nadu is highly inappropriate”, she in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Source: PTI)

Taking strong exception to CBSE’s Sanskrit Week celebrations in schools under its ambit next month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday said it would be appropriate to have organised a ‘Classical Language Week’ in each state based on its linguistic heritage.

As per the communication sent by the Ministry of HRD, while the celebrations would be conducted by CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in all states between August 7 and 13, state Governments have also been requested to organise such events at the State, District and other levels.

“Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language. There has also been a strong social justice and language movement in the state. Hence, any official celebration of ‘Sanskrit week’ in Tamil Nadu is highly inappropriate”, she in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It would have been much more appropriate to have organised a Classical Language Week in each state based on the linguistic heritage” she said and requested Modi to advise officials to suitably modify the letter to enable each state, including the CBSE schools, to organise celebrations in tune with the language and culture of the state.

“This would be in keeping with the cultural and linguistic sensitivities in a diverse country like ours”, she said.

Allies of the BJP in Tamil Nadu – MDMK and PMK – had also last week spoken against the proposal.

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    Indus
    Jul 19, 2014 at 7:02 am
    How long that Tamilians will suffer from these parochial leaders? or is it that they themselves are parochial. Madam jayalalitha would have no complaints had the schools celebrated an "Arabic Week" ! For the sole purpose only she has abandoned her friendship with Modi.
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      Anitha R
      Jul 22, 2014 at 6:08 am
      whats your problem Miss Chief Minister?? There must be more important issues that takes your attention and time!! Politicians can see a problem where nothing exists
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        Marthi Raghava
        Jul 20, 2014 at 4:56 am
        I respect Tamil, I am from Andhra, even our language telugu is clical,but we should dedicate a week to Sanskrit which as very rich heritage and which unifies India
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          Dapun
          Jul 21, 2014 at 8:45 am
          First they say we celebrate a week for Sanskrit, now you say it is a mother language, tomorrow someone wants to accept it as a mother tongue of all Indians.... Sir, when you write please see to that you do some research on whether Sanskrit is really a mother language to "ALL" Indian languages. Celebrating a Sanskrit week is certainly harmless, but this should not become a starting point to introduce this as a mandatory language subject in schools.
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            dhivya
            Jul 20, 2014 at 8:55 am
            If tamil has to be celebrated, so be it. Thats not enough reason for sanskrit to not be celebrated!
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              Anand Eashwar
              Jul 20, 2014 at 10:15 am
              She is a megalomaniac who's sole purpose is to promote cultural division instead of embracing diversity. The move is totally political and being a tamilian, I feel obliged to say that we support Sanskrit as a proud historic scripture that needs to be revived not booed out. What jayalalitha wants is to further divide the gap between tamilians and Hindi speaking people and she's ready to take any step to do so. Even if it means to kill a rich and possibly the oldest language in the world
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                Elangannan Arunan
                Jul 21, 2014 at 1:23 am
                This is your belief and not based on any hard evidence. Supporters of Sanskrit are doing it for the Hindi-belt vote-bank politics. As you have posted it anonymous, you should have been ignored but the lies should not spread.
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                  eric
                  Aug 30, 2014 at 7:29 am
                  What is this notion that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages? You just breakdown Sanskrit words to its root words and see if they can stand alone? They will collapse at the lap of the mother Tamil. When you read the root words, they can only be read in Tamil...So how can Sanskrit be the mother of all languages? See the link below by Eric
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