CISF officer teases TN MP Kanimozhi for not speaking Hindi

South India


A  Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer’s poser to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi on her lack of knowledge of Hindi has created flutter in the social media.

According to the DMK leader, the officer posted at the airport in the state capital of Chennai teased her over her lack of knowledge of Hindi on Sunday, August 9, by asking if she was an Indian. The MP said that the officer had made the comment when she asked the woman official to speak in Tamil or English.

"Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if 'I am an Indian,' when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi. I would like to know from when being Indian is equal to knowing Hindi. #hindiimposition," Kanimozhi who is also the DMK's women's wing secretary said on her twitter handle.

A number of social media users replied supporting her, with one of them saying, "I am an Indian and Hindi has nothing to do with it! #hindiimposition Pass it on!.

The incident came a day after, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy affirmed his government’s decision to stick on to two-language policy. The CM said on Saturday, August 8, that the government was following the footsteps of former chief ministers CN Annadurai, MG Ramachandran, and J Jayalalithaa who all preferred two-language policy.

“A committee was formed in this regard and based on their report, further steps will be taken,” he said.

The emotive issue resurfaced after the National Education Policy, prescribing a three-language formula, was unveiled last week. Many in Tamil Nadu viewed this as a ploy to push Hindi into non-Hindi speaking States.

Attempts to impose Hindi had triggered massive protests across the state in the past. In 1937, the first attempt for Hindi imposition was prevented through a series of protests by Dravidar Kazhagam and a few other organisations in Madras Presidency. In 1967, massive agitations led by DMK spoiled the second attempt (with inputs from PTI)

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