Hindi replaces English from Tamil Nadu Highway Signages: Netizens threaten stir if Centre fails to reverse move
Chennai, April 7: The National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI), since the past month, has been replacing English signages in border districts of Tamil Nadu with Hindi. The milestones and signages on NH 75 and NH 77 which pass through Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts have names in Hindi, Tamil or Kannada. The move sparked outrage among a section of Tamil Nadu’s netizens. The online activists threatened a stir against the ‘forced imposition of Hindi’.
“Workers have been erasing English names on milestones on Chittoor-Vellore NH and replacing it with Hindi. Adding to the confusion is the rather shoddy translation of names. A case in point is the Hindi translation of Gudiyatham, which reads Kudhiyatham,” The New Indian Express reported. The move has adversely impacted transport workers, truck drivers and regular pliers on the highway.
NHAI has so far adopted three language policy for signages of highways. English, Hindi, along with vernacular languages are normally used. However, the decision of erasing English has infuriated Tamilians on the internet.
#StopHindiChauvinism you don’t learn Kannada,Tamil or Bangla in Northern part.want us to learn Hindi here in South Hypocrisy at its best
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The anti-Hindi protests rocked Tamil Nadu in 1930s’ and 1960s’ after Centre attempted to impose Hindi as the official language in the state Following a prolonged movement by DMK, Centre was forced to withdraw the ‘imposition of Hindi’ in the state.
DMK’s working president MK Stalin has vowed to launch a protest across the state if the government fails to undo the replacement of English with Hindi in the signages installed at national highways in border districts.