Jayalalithaa writes to Modi against use of Hindi, calls the issue ‘highly sensitive’

Jayalalithaa termed the Centre's move on use of Hindi as being "against letter and spirit" of the law.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2014 3:36 pm
Jayalalithaa termed the Centre's move on use of Hindi as being "against letter and spirit" of the law. Jayalalithaa termed the Centre’s move on use of Hindi as being “against letter and spirit” of the law.

Terming the Centre’s move on use of Hindi as being “against letter and spirit” of the law, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to suitably modify the instructions to ensure that English was the language of communication on social media. She termed the issue and “highly sensitive” and one that “causes disquiet to the people of Tamil Nadu”.

The Chief Minister said she had learnt that two office memoranda issued by the Union Home Ministry “direct that official accounts on social media like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Google and YouTube, which at present use only English, should compulsorily use Hindi, or both Hindi and English, with Hindi being written above or first.”

That makes the use of Hindi mandatory and English optional, she said in the letter.

“As you are aware, as per the Official Languages Rules, 1976, communications from a central government office to a state or Union Territory in Region “C” or to any office (not being a central government office) or person in such state shall be in English.”

“This provision has been introduced following the introduction of a mandatory proviso in Section 3(1) of the Official Languages Act, 1963, by an amendment in 1968 which states (that), ‘English language shall be used for purposes of communication between the Union and a state which has not adopted Hindi as its official language,” she pointed out.

Social media by its very nature is not only accessible to all persons on the Internet but is meant to be a means of communication between people across India, including those in “Region C”, Jayalalithaa said.
“People located in “Region C”, with whom the government of India’s communication needs to be in English, will not have access to such public information if it is not in English.

This move would therefore be against the letter and spirit of the Official Languages Act, 1963,” she said.

Jayalalithaa added it was a “highly-sensitive issue and causes disquiet to the people of Tamil Nadu who are very proud of and passionate about their linguistic heritage”.

Hence, I request you to kindly ensure that instructions are suitably modified to ensure that English is used on social media,” she told Modi.

Further, recalling a memorandum she had presented to him on June 3 during her Delhi visit, Jayalalithaa reminded Modi about Tamil Nadu’s demand for making Tamil an official language of India.

She recalled she had sought that all languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution be given that status and had said that “if this request is fulfilled, the use of all official languages on social media can be encouraged.”

Tamil Nadu had witnessed an anti-Hindi agitation in the late 1960s and DMK chief M Karunanidhi, whose party had spearheaded that movement, has also opposed NDA government’s latest proposal, saying it was the beginning of the “imposition of Hindi”.

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    sid
    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:19 am
    dats because TAMILS ARE TRAITOR AND CORRUPT LIKE DIS JAYALALITHA OF MGR ,ITS HINDUSTAN AND OFFCOURSE HINDI WILL BE NATIONAL LANGUAGE AND NOT ENGLISH .....WHO RULED US FOR 150 YRS SHAME ON TAMILIANS WHERE THEY DON'T LIKE HINDI BUT WILL SPEAK ENGLISH ......BET U SHOULD GO N STAY WITH ENGLISH PEOPLE WE ARE HINDU PEOPLE ...I M ALSO KANNADA PERSON BUT I M PROUD OF MY NATIONAL LANGUAGE ...BHARAT MATA KI JAI ....WHICH A TAMILIAN FINDS SHAME TO SAME
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      sid
      Jan 1, 2015 at 9:18 am
      dats because TAMILS ARE TRAITOR,ITS HINDUSTAN AND OFFCOURSE HINDI WILL BE NATIONAL LANGUAGE AND NOT ENGLISH .....WHO RULED US FOR 150 YRS SHAME ON TAMILIANS WHERE THEY DON'T LIKE HINDI BUT WILL SPEAK ENGLISH ......BET U SHOULD GO N STAY WITH ENGLISH PEOPLE WE ARE HINDU PEOPLE ...I M ALSO KANNADA PERSON BUT I M PROUD OF MY NATIONAL LANGUAGE ...BHARAT MATA KI JAI ....WHICH A TAMILIAN FINDS SHAME TO SAME
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        Shiv
        Sep 30, 2015 at 1:17 am
        Hindi is a modern day language which is not as old as Tamil. Or even Kannada which is older than Hindi. Kannadiga people are dravidians like Tamils, but instead of being united, Kannada people always want to argue and fight with Tamil people. Pathetic. Jayalalitha is originally from Karnataka is she not? MGR is Malayalee origin
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          Sai
          Jun 20, 2014 at 11:01 am
          Not At All , By doing this he is making sure of settling down in hindi heartland , BJP anyways cannot make roadways into Tamil Nadu and Kerela and for Andhra and Karnataka is concerned people speak Hindi / Urdu well
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            Chander Sekaran
            Jun 21, 2014 at 7:35 am
            Instead of making Hindi as must in Hindi speaking states. We should make English as must in all the states. So that the majority non-Hindi speaking potion (60%) gets beneed.
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              Chander Sekaran
              Jun 21, 2014 at 7:51 am
              When a language which doesn't have any glory and recently came in to be promoted in social why not Dravidian languages which has evolved for several centuries and mother tongue of people of India before Aryans invade. In fact Dravidian languages should be made as national language b'coz they are the language of native Indians (Dravidians).
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                Devesh Rai
                Jun 20, 2014 at 8:23 am
                Is Modi government loosing plot... Governor issue and then this Hindi issue. Country can ill afford loosing energy on these small things. Ideally PM should have proposed to abolish Governorship. I don't see any benefit of this post except huge wastage of Tax payer money
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                  Dip
                  Jun 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm
                  Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal did not support BJP in the election. BJP happy with the rest. Their resistance does not matter as it is misplaced and arising out of false pride of their great (!) command over English! Only problem is that hardly any person outside the state understands their English!
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                    Dip
                    Jun 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                    Why not read the Consution before commenting? Governorship is an important part of the democratic system as a 'check point'.
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                      F F
                      Jun 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm
                      Diversity in India is one of its strength's, NaMo should understand that if he will try to make all fingers equal, he will end up with a broken hand !!!!!!
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                        Druva
                        Jun 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm
                        Why should we learn Hindi now, its just wast of time. There is no good reason to learn hindi, We are in global compeion so better focus on english. which is more useful than Hindi. Please don't try to break north and South, lets be together.
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                          Ahmed Raheal
                          Jun 21, 2014 at 3:48 am
                          Linking the w nation by one language is good idea. Non Hindi speaking nationals should be convinced with rationale of nationalistic unity and pride without exhibiting any superiority of one region over the others. Hindi should not be taken as Language of the north Indians only. If studied keeping in mind the national unity and pride, our south Indian brethren will love to embrace this language.
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                            Jithendra Jithendra
                            Jun 20, 2014 at 9:45 am
                            This issue will be sorted out soon, don't worry citizens.
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                              namo
                              Jun 21, 2014 at 11:05 am
                              Good to know that the Government wants to make a common language option ADDITIONALLY accessible to all Indians, without banning any regional languages.
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                                namo
                                Jun 21, 2014 at 10:58 am
                                How bizarre! Hindi is only being suggested for government use on Facebook and Twitter....as an additional language. There is no ban on our regional language, and no 'imposing' of any language on the public. We can continue to do what we are comfortable with. Relax!
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                                  namo
                                  Jun 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
                                  We want 'Unity in Diversity'. Diverse languages n the regions, plus a widely spoken common Indian language to UNITE us with a common link.
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                                    Pitambar Gupta
                                    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:54 am
                                    The Tamil philosophy is typical Indian crab mentality. A very small percentage of Tamils can speak English but they are much more interested in ensuring that the 50% of the Indians who speak Hindi plus another 25% who are comfortable with it should not have an advantage over the Tamils.
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                                      Tamizh En
                                      Jun 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm
                                      well said
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                                        Curious onlooker
                                        Jun 20, 2014 at 10:06 am
                                        Tampering with the official language preference for communication purpose by the non Hindi speaking potion of India is an infringement of their fundamental right and should not be seen as a small issue.. This is a dictatorial tactic to enslave the non-Hindi speaking people by cirscribing their right to free expression in the language the are traditionally at ease with. The South will not stand by and watch their rights being bulldozed.
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                                          sai kiran
                                          Jun 20, 2014 at 11:38 am
                                          What I donot understand is, since when did, issuing communications bilingually i.e. English and Hindi both is anti Non Hindi speaker? I am a Telugu myself. And I love Hindi, but that doesnt mean that I start seeing this move as Anti-Telugu. Why only Tamilians have a problem with this? Why dont other regions have a problem?
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