The pan-India three language formula proposed in the draft National Education Policy 2019, by the Centre has invited widespread protests in some regions of the country.
According to a report by NDTV, the new policy is being seen as an effort to make Hindi compulsory in schools till class 8th. Several hashtags started trending on Twitter following the announcement of the policy.
#StopHindiImposition and #HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage were among the major hashtags trending on Twitter.
you accept hindi man.. why us.. you north guys are coming for TN govt jobs you should learn Tamil. we are not coming for your govt jobs, why we need Hindi. #HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage— KarthiKeyan K (@imkarthikeyank) June 3, 2019
#StopHindiImposition Hindi is neither a national language nor a classical language. Instead Make every language of this nation as national language as every nationality is paying taxes. If swiss can make all different languages of their land as official language why not india?— Thirumurugan Gandhi (@thiruja) June 1, 2019
For those who don't understand, we aren't saying we don't want to learn Hindi. Those people who are interested they continue to learn, those who doesn't like they ignore. U can't force it on someone. As simple as that. Jaihind. #HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage— Narendiran (@Bt_hijacker) June 3, 2019
#HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage I wish to learn a language which i like and not because government is forcing me to.— Ajay Kumar (@ajaykumar4g) June 3, 2019
India is not belongs only Hindian people..I m bengali & I feel proud of my language ...India is for all 🙏#HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage— Anamika Das (@Anamika71637559) June 3, 2019
#HindiIsNotTheNationalLanguage— Joseph Vijay Fan (@farsat143) June 3, 2019
Don't compel to learn Hindi
Its our decision to learn
#StopHindiImposition— Christopher Roy (@IncisiveScalpel) June 2, 2019
From 1968 TN has been following the two language formula and the State has been doing extremely well in most parameters. If bjp govt tries to bring in a language divide, it will only further accentuate the huge difference between the South and the cowbelt!
Following backlash on Twitter, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that the suggestions were just a report and not a policy yet.
"It's not the policy. Public feedback will be sought. It's a misunderstanding that it has become a policy. No language will be imposed on any state."
While the policy has been formulated by a committee, no final decision on it has been taken as of now.