Chennai: In an attempt to control the damage caused by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s tweet to the Centre asking to include Tamil as an “optional language” for study in other states, the AIADMK Government on Thursday clarified that there was no change in the “two-language” policy followed by Tamil Nadu.
The chief minister deleted the tweet on his official Twitter page after outrage from Opposition parties who demanded that he clarify his comments which appeared to open the doors for Hindi in Tamil Nadu.
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told the reporters that there was no change or dilution in the government’s ‘two-language policy’ and that Tamil Nadu will never accept Hindi in any form.
“We have been following the two-language formula and there is no change or dilution in it. We are very clear as far as our language policy is concerned. Anyway let me make it clear that Tamil Nadu will never accept Hindi in any form, name or design,” he said.
Jayakumar added that the Chief Minister’s tweet was only intended at taking Tamil to other states and accused the Opposition parties for “twisting” the tweet.
“Request Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji to include Tamil as an optional language for study in other states. This will be a great service to one of the most ancient languages of the world,” Palaniswami had said in the tweet on Wednesday which has now been deleted.
The Chief Minister’s statement was interpreted as his indirect endorsement of the proposed three-language policy which paved way for learning Hindi in Tamil Nadu, which has vehemently opposed “imposition” of the language since 1960s.
Hindi has always been an emotive subject in Tamil Nadu which has vehemently opposed its “imposition” on the state.
Palaniswami’s statement was seen as a departure from the publicly stated policy of the Tamil Nadu government that it has no plans to revamp or change the two-language policy in place in the state since the 1960s. His statement comes two days after the Centre beat a hasty retreat by making it clear that it would not impose any language on states.