Jana Naayaka Munnetra Kazhagam and Hindi

Postage Stamp in Honour of the 1965 Anti-Hindi Martyrs of Tamil Nadu

Inia Pandian

TAMIL TRIBUNE, February 2005 (ID. 2005-02-01)
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In October 2004, Jana Naayaka Munnetra Kazhagam passed a resolution urging the Indian Government to issue a postage stamp in honor of the 1965 Tamil martyrs who self-immolated themselves to express their opposition to Hindi becoming the official language of India. The meeting was presided by the Kazhagam President Dr. S. Jagatratchakan. We applaud Jana Nayaga Munnetra Kazhagam for the resolution. Jana Naayaka Munnetra Kazhagam's resolution is also timely because it was passed just a few months before the 40-th anniversary of the agitation.

We do not think that the Indian Government would ever issue a postage stamp in honor of these martyrs who laid down their lives in opposition of making Hindi the official language of India. But Jana Naayaka Munnetra Kazhagam's resolution reflects our own feeling that these martyrs as well as those who were shot and killed or injured during the 1965 Tamil Nadu Students Anti-Hindi Imposition Agitation should be honored, if not by the Indian Government, then by the Tamilnadu State Government. How about a large memorial statue next to the Statue of Labour in Chennai Marina? Another one in Kanyakumari on a rock next to Gandhi memorial? Such conspicuous memorials would tell tourists of Tamil people's opposition to Hindi becoming the official language of India and of the sacrifices made by Tamil martyrs.

(honour - honor, labour - labor)

RELATED ARTICLES

1. Burnt Offerings Against Hindi Imposition: Self Immolation of Tamil Martyrs in Tamil Nadu, 1965 (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2004 (

2. A Chronology of Anti-Hindi Agitations in Tamil Nadu and What the Future Holds (by Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 2003.

3. Archived articles on Opposition to Hindi Imposition in India (OR Search the internet with the following key words: Hindi imposition India Thanjai Nalankilli )

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