Govt’s directive on Hindi: Karunanidhi cries foul, asks Modi to focus on development

DMK said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should focus on economic growth and social development.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: June 19, 2014 7:15 pm
DMK chief M Karunanidhi. (Source: PTI) DMK chief M Karunanidhi. (Source: PTI)

Dubbing as beginning of “imposition of Hindi”, the NDA Government’s reported directive to officials to give priority to the language in social media, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should focus on economic growth and social development.

“Giving priority to Hindi will be construed as a first step towards attempt at creating differences among non-Hindi speaking people and making them second class citizens,” the 90-year old leader, whose party spearheaded the anti-Hindi agitation in the 1960s in the state, said in a statement here.

Reacting to media reports that officials of all Union ministries, departments, corporations, or banks, who have official accounts in social media, should use Hindi, or both Hindi and English but give priority to Hindi, Karunanidhi questioned why Hindi should be given priority over other languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of Constitution.

Recalling decades-long history of opposing Hindi impostion and his party’s role in it, Karunanidhi said at a time when the aspirations of a diverse section of people needs to be addressed through constructive efforts, showing interest in a language for communication would become diversionary.

“It is the desire and appeal of all well wishers of the nation that Prime Minister Modi should focus on accelerating economic growth and social development.”

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    SURYA
    Jun 15, 2016 at 7:59 am
    when stay in Karnataka you must learn Kannada, it is humane. You want water, air, other facilities, but do not want to learn Kannada. What a logic. Kannadigas are very generous. people are misusing this quality. many Tamilians are living here , but they are not learning kannada, even in case of Hindi people also. it is a crime.
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      Chander Sekaran
      Jun 21, 2014 at 7:26 am
      How hindi unites you. The only gain of learning hindi is you can watch Bollywood films. Non-tamils don't prefer to come to Tamil Nadu so locals grab the job. By accepting Hindi, you see the pathetic state of Bangalore where all get jobs except kannadigas. Even the north indians who come and settle in Bangalore don't learn kannada. It is we south Indians want to learn kannada just b'coz to respect other's language. If Hindi people don't want to learn kannada in spite of staying in Karnataka why a different rule for non-Hindi people.
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        Chander Sekaran
        Jun 21, 2014 at 7:31 am
        This is the tactic which congress also followed. They hike the rail fare and simultaneously start another issue to divide the people's mind. So that the people forget about their livelihood issue.
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          Chander Sekaran
          Jun 21, 2014 at 7:19 am
          When non-hindi speaking potion is the majority (60%), why you need to learn hindi. Do you learn Tamil , Malayalam, Telugu when you visit other states. Why you force others to learn something which doesn't guarantee bread and butter. We learn English b'coz it is livelihood not b'coz it is forced.
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            Chander Sekaran
            Jun 21, 2014 at 7:29 am
            Your so called Hindi politicians put their kids in English convents not Hindi medium. When Hindi people want to learn English then why Hindi fornon-Hindi potion particularly when non-Hindi speaking is the majority. my dear !!!!!!
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              Nampurath Krishna
              Jun 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm
              Old man, being decimated in TN with not a single Parliamentary seat and deserted by own family members look for ways to get back to limelight. Years back anti-Hindi plank came handy. Recently though Tamil movies have started to use Hindi in big way, and for Tamils movie being the barometer as there weren't protest of any sort for Hindi usage unnecessarily Karunanidhi make a vain attempt to rake up a controversy.
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                Ajay Sharma
                Jun 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm
                if we had more people like Mr karunanidi ji , India will be in parted in small things .regionalism hurt India deeply.students cant master their text books and educational books in higher levels.
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                  dhiraj kumar
                  Jun 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm
                  Modi is running its central govt in a language which he is comfortable in.Federal structure is maintained and states can follow what they want to
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                    Besensible
                    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:45 am
                    Aren't there enough problems already to solve? Why take on a new one and make life miserable for the common man. Mr Modi, request you to take a fair view on these matters which need not be in your priority list!
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                      swamy nk
                      Jun 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm
                      Karunanidhi came to power by using anti hindi and anti brahmin card.He has become too old and senile.Times have changed and this nation including Tamil Nadu wants to change fast.Better if this old man takes political sanyas and go to an old age home.
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                        Srinivasan
                        Jun 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm
                        Disgraceful move by the Modi government. Imposition of Hindi on states that don't give a about it is completely uncalled for.
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                          Hado Derm
                          Jun 19, 2014 at 10:33 pm
                          do u have any idea wat u r saying.......hindi should be the common language of india everyone has a mother toungue be it tamil,malayalam,gujurati there are about 28 different languages in india so as to unite all hindi was created it was we south indians who went by the words of political morons just for the sake of the personal agendas.......unity has always been a question in india....hindi is the united language ..............and everyone knows modis mother toungue is gujurati not hindi....hindi can help us to communicate with people from other states
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                            rishi kapoor
                            Jun 20, 2014 at 4:37 am
                            Mate wakeup, Learning one of the indian language is good for South to make progress and we should be proud of that. I come from South and encourage people to learn Hindi and become part of the nation
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                              Raman
                              Jun 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm
                              Here we go again! A charlatan CM who made it a big issue of Tamil-Hindi divide in late sixties, is at it again. At his sun set age he should move on and be reticent. Let others sort it out on this emotive issue. He is demonizing and demagoguing. The BJP led front is well advised not to give its distractors an issue to pounce on and concentrate on taking the nation forward.
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                                shankar
                                Jun 21, 2014 at 2:29 am
                                absolutely. moreover the language should be the choice of the individual. the state cannot impose and the leaders should learn to lead for common good than their personal survival. the leader cannot impose his personal preferences on the followers.
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                                  George
                                  Jun 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm
                                  But the trick will actually play; so don't go for Hindi imposition. The aspirational India that brought Modi to power does not want language politics.
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                                    Vathsan
                                    Jun 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm
                                    Old man playing his old card trick again !
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                                      yogeshwar c
                                      Jun 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm
                                      No need to learn hindi for Tamilian if they want to work in Tamil Nadu only. But if they want to work all overr India then they need to learn and if they want to work abroad they need to learn English. So at the end it is your choice. Mr Karunanidhi. Your political stunt over language is almost exhausted.
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