Make Tamil Official Language in Central Govt Offices: DMK

After stridently opposing the Centre's move to impose the three-language formula, DMK chief M K Stalin on Wednesday, 5 June, demanded that Tamil be made an official language in all central government offices.

Talking to reporters in Chennai after paying homage to former IUML president Quaid-e-Millat on his 124th birth anniversary, he said, “We should take a vow on this day to make Tamil an official language in central government offices.”

The DMK will continue to extend support to this cause, he added.

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Stalin, who is also leader of the opposition in the state assembly, claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula and it withdrew its decision following opposition from Tamils.

On Tuesday, the DMK proposed that the two-language formula devised by Dravidian icon C N Annadurai should be implemented across the country.

The proposal came a day after the Centre dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.

Revising the draft education policy, the Centre on Monday dropped the contentious provision of compulsory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states after the three-language proposal sparked outrage, mainly in the state.

The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy alleging that it was tantamount to thrusting Hindi language on the non-Hindi speaking states.

In Tamil Nadu, a two-language formula of Tamil and English is being followed since 1968 after the DMK stormed to power in 1967 under the leadership of Dravidian stalwart and party founder C N Annadurai.

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