With political parties in Tamil Nadu reviving the issue of autonomy in state matters, and warning of a major protest against the BJP-led Centre if the government fails to clarify the role of Hindi in its proposed three-language policy, musician A R Rahman on Tuesday waded into the controversy with a cryptic tweet.
The Oscar-winning musician, who is known to wear his Tamil identity on his sleeve, wrote, AUTONOMOUS | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary, and shared a web link of the word s meaning in the dictionary.
Rahman s tweets went viral within hours his supporters started trending the hashtag #autonomousTamilNadu , while those who opposed him began targeting him personally.
AUTONOMOUS | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary https://t.co/DL8sYYJqgX
A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) June 4, 2019
Rahman tends to shy away from controversies and politics, but has been following the debate of the alleged imposition of Hindi through the three-language policy.
On Sunday, he tweeted about the Centre dropping the provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states, writing in Tamil, Good decision. Hindi is not compulsory in Tamil Nadu. The draft has been corrected.
A day before, he shared a video of Punjabi singer Jasdeep Jogi singing a popular Tamil movie song with a caption, Tamizh is spreading in Punjab, using an alternate spelling for Tamil.
The controversy surrounding Tamil Nadu s autonomous status has been revived by the DMK in the recent past, echoing Dravidian leader and former chief minister C N Annadurai, who raised the specific demand for more powers to states and organised an infamous conference in Chennai in 1968 in this regard.
DMK chief M K Stalin on Monday warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Tamil Nadu will witness massive protests if the Centre has plans to impose Hindi in the state. He said, I warn Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you give an explanation about the announcement you have made with a view to cheating the people of Tamil Nadu. Otherwise, the leaders of all alliance parties will join together and Tamil Nadu will witness a major protest.