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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First Published on: July 19, 2014 10:53 am
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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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                    Girish
                    Jul 19, 2014 at 7:57 am
                    if only Smriti Irani would give up gstanding and raise quany as well as quality of our educational insutions, she would not be stepping from controversy into another.
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                      mike
                      Jul 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm
                      Instead of celebrating the common thread among Indians she wants to celebrate what divides various people in India. She wants to celebrate what British did - divide and rule. Modi should stick to what brings people together
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                        Moinak Saha
                        Jul 20, 2014 at 8:02 am
                        how is this a good move??? a politically motivated move for vote bank politics nothing else... how does a week of celebration of Sanskrit temper down or insult Tamil language??? this is crazy... these are all regionalism promoted by regional outfits to ensure that they stay politically relevant and ahead of their national rivals in their respective so called regional bastions
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                          basant yadav
                          Jul 20, 2014 at 10:03 am
                          Now that is too much..........I respect all language and culture but nowadays its happening everywhere north east, south and many parts of this country. Why you all have problems with Hindi and Sanskrit or any other languge. its language only and nobody is forcing anyone to speak or use it if you don't want to do. Please people have some respect for the unity and rich culture of this country, we are the people who are known for this heritage don't use these tactics for the political benefits.
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                            Nata Rajan
                            Jul 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm
                            I appreciate the Chief Minister on her stand in this issue.
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                              Narendra Jain
                              Jul 20, 2014 at 5:00 am
                              This is for Jaylalitha. I think that she does not know that Sanskrit is the mother language & all the indian languages have been born thru Sanskrit only. So opposing Sanskrit shows her ignorance of Indian history & culture. God give her sense so that she does not talk so loosely.
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                                Anonymous
                                Jul 20, 2014 at 5:02 am
                                This is for Jaylalitha. I think that she does not know that Sanskrit is the mother language & all the indian languages have been born thru Sanskrit only. So opposing Sanskrit shows her ignorance of Indian history & culture. God give her sense so that she does not talk so loosely.
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                                  NotStupid
                                  Jul 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm
                                  wow - how parochial of an outlook.
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                                    Ramesh
                                    Jul 19, 2014 at 7:42 am
                                    When these power brokers learn that no one listen to them in New Delhi now. Their absolute unchallenged prerogative of blackmailing India has gone in one shot. Time for them to concentrate on wel fare of people and do some real work. People have rejected them.
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                                      Ram
                                      Jul 19, 2014 at 9:39 am
                                      She is probably equating Sanskrit with Hindi and hence the opposition. Just as Hindi was influenced by Sanskrit, so was Tamil. Do not see anything wrong in such a celebration. Opposition or a differing opening just for the sake of having one is not conducive.
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                                        ArticunoFactorial
                                        Jul 20, 2014 at 8:47 am
                                        The issue is that there has been a considerable and conuous movement to eliminate Sanskrit influences from Tamil for several decades now. Tamil has an ancient vocabulary of its own and Sanskrit loanwords supposedly 'pollute' it.Not to say that there is no vote bank mindset involved - 'championing' the cause of the Tamil language has, of course, always been a core issue within Tamil politics.
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                                          David
                                          Jul 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm
                                          People from northern part of India often fail to appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity. This sick atude is more with BJP who try to impose Hindi and Sanskrit forcibly. It took more than 4 years for UPA to become corrupt and unpor (people liked UPA I, that's why they came back as UPA II) but UPA did not indulge in irritating people by being insensitive to others language and culture. The dirty atude of New government is already out in air. Its disappointing. Bengali language gave Nobel laureate, Tamil has rich cultural heritage and strong linguistic ideny, Kannada has high (8) gnanapeet award winners (though Hindi has 10 winners, for the amount of political support it receives by sheer number of potion, it's far lower). It's ok to teach a dead language like Sanskrit, but don't force on other people. You better educate children about linguistic diversity and local language otherwise we will see more s and morons (mostly in UP, Delhi, Haryana and now from a Gujarati) who thinks every South Indian is a madrasi or a tamilian.
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                                            uthaman
                                            Jul 22, 2014 at 11:04 am
                                            It is sad that the TN chief minister opposes the Sanskrit Week in the state. As we all are aware, Sanskrit is the mother for most of Indian languages and it has the qualification to be celebrated. Madam CM is also fueling more intolerance mentality towards other languages in the mind of Tamil people, whereas she has to see all languages equal instead looking at other languages as enemies to Tamil. One can understand that she thinks that even she knows the truth, she make such statements only for political reasons. Also, there is nothing to surprise, as we can see her politics - as always keeping herself away from good relations from our neighboring states and with the Central Government- thus making TN is a lonely state.
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