Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee lies about Arinjar Annadurai

Prime Minister Vajpayee Talks Nonsense Again!

A.P. Thangamani

TAMIL TRIBUNE, August 2003 (ID. 2003-08-01)
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In September 1998 Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee lied at a public meeting in Chennai (Madras) that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai (popularly known as Arinjar Anna) did not oppose making Hindi the official language of India. In the January 2000 issue of TAMIL TRIBUNE, Chezhian exposed this lie by quoting extensively from Annadurai's speeches as well as referring to many actions he took before and after he became the Chief Minister [Reference 1].  If anyone has any doubt that Annadurai opposed Hindi as the official language of India, read Chezian's article. It would convince anyone.

Yet Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to utter this lie again and again. In a speech made in New Delhi on February 1, 2000, Vajpayee again said that Annadurai did not oppose Hindi as the official language. He explained that after one of Vajpayees's Hindi speeches in the upper house of the Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Annadurai told him "if Vajpayee’s Hindi is adopted as the national language, we will have no problem.”

Indian Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee is either stupid or trying to fool Tamil people into thinking that C. N. Annadurai did not oppose Hindi as the national language (or official language) on the basis of the above-mentioned compliment to Vajpayee's speech. What Annadurai told Vajpayee ("If Vajpayee’s Hindi is adopted as the national language, we will have no problem.”) is a compliment to Vajpayee, praise to Vajpayee's eloquence in Hindi, and NOT a policy statement that he had changed his mind and was willing to accept Hindi as the national language or official language. His speeches and actions over the next several years (until his death in 1969) are testaments to his opposition to Hindi until his death (see Reference 1). None but a stupid person would take that Annadurai's praise of Vajpayee's eloquence in Hindi as Annadurai's acceptance of Hindi as national or official language of India.

If a man says, "I am so hungry I can eat a horse", it does not mean that he is willing to eat a whole horse (or even a few ounces of horse meat). Only a fool would take it that way and serve him horse meat. That statement ("I am so hungry I can eat a horse") says two things about that man: (1) He was very hungry, and (2) He does not eat nor like eating horse meat. He is conveying that he was very hungry by saying that he may even eat a horse which he despises (or which is totally out of his character.)  It is in such a way any reasonable person would understand Annadurai's praise of Vajpayee's speech. It conveys two things: (1) Annadurai was very impressed with Vajpayee's eloquence in Hindi, and (2) Annadurai was opposed to Hindi as the national language and it was totally out of his character to accept it as such. If Vajpayee cannot understand this, we have to wonder if he is intelligent enough to be the Prime Minister of a country. Whether he is intelligent enough to be the Prime Minister or not, I am certain that he is intelligent enough to understand what Annadurai meant. In my opinion Vajpayee thinks that Tamil people are fools and would buy his lie that Annadurai did not oppose Hindi as India's official or national language.

Here is yet another example. If a woman says, "Food in that restaurant is so delicious, I could kill for it", no one with even a little bit of brain would think that she is going to kill. Yet Prime Minister Vajpayee tries to convince Tamil people that Annadurai's praise for eloquence as Annadurai's acceptance of Hindi. Either Vajpayee is an idiot or he thinks that Tamil people are idiots to believe him. In my opinion Vajpayee is no an idiot, he is just a scoundrel who tries to fool the Tamil people.

To make sure that people do not believe Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee's lie and think that Annadurai changed his mind after hearing Vajpayee's eloquence in Hindi and accepted Hindi as the national or official language of India, I end this article with couple of actions Annadurai undertook AFTER he said to Vajpayee that "if Vajpayee’s Hindi is adopted as the national language, we will have no problem.” Vajpayee did not mention when (year?) Annadurai said this, other than that this occurred when both Annadurai and Vajpayee were members of the Indian Parliament. Annadurai was a member of parliament (Rajyasabha) during 1962-1967. He became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu State on March 6, 1967 (by then he was no longer a member of parliament). Here are couple of Annadurai's actions as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

  1. He ordered that Hindi no longer be taught in schools under Tamil Nadu State jurisdiction. Is this the action of a man who had accepted Hindi as the national or official language of India (because he was so impressed with Mr. Vajpayee's eloquent Hindi speech)?
  2. In 1968 Tamil Nadu State hosted the Second International Tamil Conference. Indian Government issued a stamp on this occasion. When Annadurai found out that there were Hindi inscriptions on the stamp, he angrily cancelled the issuance of the stamp at the conference. Do you need any more proof that Annadurai opposed Hindi as the national or official language of India?

REFERENCE

1. Vajpayee's Big Lie about Hindi and Annadurai (by K. Chezhian), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2000.

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