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Political Games Over Three-Language Formula In Tamil Nadu: Hindi, A Strict No-No

DMK president MK Stalin feels BJP is trying to sneak in Hindi through the New Education Policy

Political Games Over Three-Language Formula In Tamil Nadu: Hindi, A Strict No-No
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Political Games Over Three-Language Formula In Tamil Nadu: Hindi, A Strict No-No
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2019-06-07T12:32:27+05:30

Say Hindi and Tamil Nadu’s ­politicians would jump in unison shouting, “Over our dead bodies.” Since the 1960s, however, there have been no dead bodies. Only reams of newsprint and hours of television soundbites have been exhausted on how the last Tamil would stop Hindi from ­being sneaked in behind their backs—sufficient to light a fire over language and keep it burning. The latest red rag is the draft of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2019, which recommends the “continuation of the three-language formula in schools”. Under that formula, a third language other than the child’s mother tongue and English is to be taught from the primary school level.

 “You are throwing a stone at a beehive called the two-language policy by trying to impose the three-language formula. The result can only prove disastrous as the Tamil youth would respond ­appropriately,” warned DMK president M.K. Stalin, who went on to allege that the BJP government was attempting to sneak in Hindi through the NEP. What got the goat of Stalin and other Tamil champions was this line in the draft NEP: “The three-language formula will need to be implemented in its spirit throughout the country, promoting multilingual communicative abilities for a multilingual country.” They saw this as yet another attempt to bring in Hindi as the third language in schools, esp­ecially in states that have ­been resisting the language’s incursion.

Tamil Nadu has always been touchy about language issues ever since the 1960s when the DMK spearheaded the anti-Hindi agitation in which over a dozen youngsters were killed. It led to the DMK capturing power, beginning the state’s uninterrupted rule by Dravidian parties. Though the previous NEPs also advocated the three-language formula,...

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