Opposition to Hindi has been a major pastime of political parties in Tamil Nadu. All regional parties are playing politics by cashing in on this issue. The first protests against Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states took place in Tamil Nadu in South India in 1937.
Politicians can go to any extent to get votes. A fresh proof of this is the celebration by regional parties in Tamil Nadu for the release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s killers. This is considered a great victory. Tamil Nadu is one such state in the country, where the elected DMK government has worked hard to release the former prime minister’s killers. The MDMK, PMK, AIADMK and the ruling DMK have hailed the release of the militants as a historic victory. Earlier, the regional parties of Jammu and Kashmir have done this kind of act by supporting the terrorists. Other regional parties including the AIADMK were also fully involved in this exercise to free the killers of Rajiv Gandhi when they were in power. Not only this, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin embraced AG Pararivalan, one of the convicts of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, sacrificing morals, ideals and principles for vote bank politics. By doing this, Stalin tries to show that the killers did no wrong.
It is not that the dormant inner soul of these regional parties has suddenly awakened for the good of humanity. This whole game is linked to the electoral equation. This shows how low current politics has fallen. There are thousands of criminals in jail in Tamil Nadu, no effort has ever been made by the government to release all of them, even though most of them are Tamils. On the contrary, the DMK government and previous governments left no stone unturned to free Rajiv Gandhi’s killers. The reason was obvious that this was a high profile case. It can gain people’s sympathy, which can be converted into vote bank. Even before this, regional parties have been supporting the terrorist organization LTTE (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. The killers of Rajiv Gandhi were also members of this terrorist organization. The reason for his assassination was also that Rajiv Gandhi, when he was the Prime Minister, sent the Shanti Sena to help the Sri Lankan government against the LTTE. Enraged by this, the LTTE trained terrorists in 1991 and killed them by attacking them with suicide squads.
This is not the first time that regional parties in Tamil Nadu have tried to prove that they are not part of a united India. Whether the issue is support for LTTE terrorists or opposition to Hindi language. Regional parties have left no stone unturned to play with India’s dignity, unity and integrity for their petty political interests. Recently, Chief Minister MK Stalin moved a resolution against the implementation of Hindi in the state assembly. Stalin took this step following the recommendation of a parliamentary committee to make Hindi the medium of instruction in central educational institutions. The ruling DMK staged statewide protests against Hindi.
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Opposition to Hindi has been a major pastime of political parties in Tamil Nadu. All regional parties are playing politics by cashing in on this issue. The first protests against Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states took place in Tamil Nadu in South India in 1937. On 25 January 1965, a violent riot broke out in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, in the name of anti-Hindi. About 70 people were killed, including 2 policemen. If anyone has benefited the most from this 1965 movement, it is none other than the current ruling party, the DMK. The DMK made Hindi a major issue in the 1967 elections and won the election on its own and ruled Tamil Nadu for years thereafter.
The separatist mindset of the regional parties of Tamil Nadu can be gauged from the fact that the current Stalin government considers the central government to be the federal government instead of the central government. Not only this, federal union is also written in the correspondence with the central government. Parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed several decisions implemented by the central government across the country to maintain their dominance in regional politics. The Stalin government passed a resolution in the Legislative Assembly against holding the NEET and JEE examinations at the national level. Breaking all norms of morality and law, Governor RN Ravi’s convoy was attacked during the NEET protest. DMK supporters were involved in this. Despite this opposition due to vested interests, both the examinations were conducted at the national level. The Supreme Court rejected the petition of 6 states, including Tamil Nadu, which demanded that both these examinations be conducted at the state level.
The Stalin government and other regional parties are demanding that these exams be held at the state level. The ruling DMK in its election manifesto had promised to hold these exams at the state level. The reason is also clear that, in the state level examination, the government can decide the rules and regulations of the examination at its own discretion. This strengthens the regional vote bank of the political parties. Similarly, the Stalin government opposed the Centre’s new National Education Policy and refused to implement it in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu’s regional parties ditching the country for vote bank politics shows that politicians can go to any extent for power, no matter what the cost to the country.
– Yogendra Yogi