nep tamil: Politicians question Centre over missing Tamil version of NEP

CHENNAI: Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including an ally of the AIADMK, kept up the pressure on the Centre over the missing Tamil version of the new education policy document. The Centre had released it in 17 different languages, but not in Tamil.

DMK president M K Stalin and MDMK general secretary Vaiko had questioned the Centre over the issue on Saturday. On Sunday, MNM president Kamal Haasan and PMK youth wing president Anbumani Ramadoss joined the issue.

“Boycotting Tamil by the Centre, which has brought out the New Education Policy document in several languages, is not acceptable. It looks like quoting Thirukkural and Bharathiyar poems in public addresses is only a drama to indicate the love towards Tamil. In reality, waging of a war against Tamil culture and cutting off the rights of Tamils continues,” Kamal said on Sunday.


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In a statement, PMK youth wing president Anbumani Ramadoss asked the Centre to release the new education policy document in Tamil too. While the new education policy was passed and adopted in July last year, the Centre has now released the document in 17 languages, but not in Tamil. Several aspects of the new policy were questioned by political parties and others in Tamil Nadu. “There is no justification for avoiding Tamil and in fact, the document should be released in all 22 official languages in the eighth schedule,” Anbumani Ramadoss said.

Earlier, on Saturday, Stalin said since the new education policy was seen as a mode to promote Sanskrit. Even educationists had opposed it on various grounds.

“The BJP government at the Centre, which is functioning contrary to the norms of the Indian Constitution and against the plurality of the Indian society, and pushing ahead with its new education policy has shown its dominant stance on language through the translations it has released.,” Stalin said.

NTK chief coordinator Seeman said, “This attitude arises out of the absolute power it holds at the Centre.”

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