DMK alleges AYUSH secretary requested non-Hindi contributors to depart assembly

Chennai, August 23

Another row over Hindi has erupted in Tamil Nadu with the DMK alleging yoga and naturopathy practitioners from the state have been requested to depart a digital meet held by the AYUSH division if they didn’t perceive the language and searching for motion in opposition to officers involved.

The episode “exposed” the BJP-led authorities’s agenda of imposing Hindi via its officers, the Dravidian get together chief M Ok Stalin alleged whereas get together MP Kanimozhi wrote to AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik searching for an inquiry.

It comes shut on the heels of Kanimozhi’s latest declare {that a} Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Personnel had requested her if she was an Indian as she couldn’t communicate Hindi, which introduced again the controversy on “Hindi imposition”.

Stalin, in an announcement, alleged Ayush secretary Rajesh Kotecha with “arrogance and chauvinism for Hindi intimidated 37 yoga and naturopathy physicians to leave an online training session if they did not know Hindi” and condemned it.

“It is shameful that a senior government official in the rank of secretary has behaved in such an uncivilised fashion prompted by linguistic chauvinism,” Stalin mentioned on Saturday.

He urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make sure that such an incident didn’t recur and requested Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami to exert strain on Modi to conduct the Central authorities’s coaching programmes and conferences solely in English.

“The BJP government at the Centre is continuously working by thrusting Hindi as its first agenda,” and slighting different languages, notably the classical Tamil, he alleged.

The AYUSH official wouldn’t have behaved in such a fashion if immediate motion had been taken in opposition to the CISF official for ‘questioning’ his sister and MP Kanimozhi for not realizing Hindi on the airport, he mentioned.

Kanimozhi had alleged a girl CISF official who interacted along with her on August 9 on the  airport right here requested her if she was an Indian as she didn’t communicate in Hindu.

The CISF officers later maintained the girl officer “had not uttered” the phrases as alleged by the DMK MP however simply mentioned “Hindi is also an Indian or official language”.

They additionally had mentioned the power would take “enhanced efforts” to deploy extra personnel who know the native language.

Stalin mentioned when the remarks of officers, one after the opposite was examined, it “exposed the BJP-government’s agenda of imposing Hindi” via them.

Also, the Centre’s declaration that no language wouldn’t be imposed vis-a-vis the National Education Policy is an “eyewash” and this has turn out to be clear, he mentioned.

Kanimozhi, in a letter to Naik, mentioned the AYUSH secretary addressed the meet in Hindi and demanded an inquiry and motion in opposition to “all officials who have acted in a manner discriminating (against) our fellow citizens on the basis of language.”

She wished the Minister to direct officers in his ministry to speak in English in all official occasions and wherever Hindi was used, English translation needs to be offered.

“Further, I would like to remind you about the promise made by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 7th August 1959 on the floor of Lok Sabha that as long as the non-Hindi speaking states require English as an associate language, it will continue for an indefinite period,”  she mentioned. PTI


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