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A Hindi Zealot Comes Calling for Votes In Tamil Nadu (Meira Kumar for President of India)

Thanjai Nalankilli

TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2017 (ID. 2017-07-01)
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1. Introduction

2. Meira Kumar Ruled Against Tamil in Parliament

3. Meira Kumar Called Hindi the National Language

4. Choice Between Two Hindi Zealots

ABBREVIATIONS

BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party

NDA - National Democratic Alliance

UPA - United Progressive Alliance


1. Introduction

The Congress Party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate in the 2017 election for President of India, Ms. Meira Kumar, came to Chennai, Tamil Nadu in June 2017, asking for the support of some Tamil Nadu political parties. What is her past relationship with the people of Tamil Nadu? The information we present below did not appear in any mainstream news papers or television at this time but we want to bring out her past Hindi zealot stands (all information culled from past mainstream news reports).

2. Meira Kumar Ruled Against Tamil in Parliament

M. K. Alagiri from Tamilnadu became India's Chemicals and Fertilizers minister in 2009. He does not know Hindi and his English proficiency is limited. So he asked the Speaker of the Parliament (none other than Ms. Meira Kumar) permission to speak in Tamil in parliament. After delaying a decision for about 10 months, she ruled against ministers speaking in any language other than the two official languages of India (Hindi and English). She said that it would be unconstitutional. She ruled that Mr. Alagiri may read a prepared answer in English to the primary question and secondary questions may be answered by the his deputy minister [The Hindu newspaper: July 18, 2010].

We want to point out that members of parliament (MPs) may speak in languages other than Hindi and English if they give advance notice to the speaker. Even that courtesy was not extended to the minister.

Was it in fact unconstitutional to speak in any language other than the two official languages Hindi and English? Her successor, the next speaker of the parliament, does not seem to think so.

After the 2014 election, the new minister of external affairs (foreign minister) and the minister of water resources took their oath in Sanskrit [New York Times: June 17, 2014] . Sanskrit is not an official language of India; it has the same status as Tamil in the constitution. Obviously there is no constitutional impediment to ministers using Sanskrit and thus by extension Tamil or Bengali or Telugu or Marathi, ...

Ms. Meira Kumar owes an explanation or apology for her ruling against Tamil.

3. Meira Kumar Called Hindi the National Language

On August 13, 2010, Speaker of Parliament Ms. Meira Kumar referred to Hindi as the national language of India [Thina Thanthi (Tamil): August 14, 2010]. Nowhere does the Indian constitution specify Hindi as the national language. India does not have a national language. If anyone has any doubt, just about seven months before Ms. Kumar's false claim, Gujarat High Court ruled that Hindi is not India's national language [Times of India: January 25, 2010].

Ms. Meira Kumar's knowledge of Indian constitution is lacking or she makes up things to support her pro-Hindi mindset. Neither is a good attribute for the President of India. To be fair, the current President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, although a non-Hindi (a Bengali), had taken pro-Hindi stance too. He said, "... in our constitution, Hindi has been given the status of national language" at the 2012 Hindi Day (Hindi Diwas). [Yahoo News: September 14, 2012]. Mr. Mukherji's subservience to Hindi is no secret. He said, "If you don't know Hindi, you cannot be a prime minister (of India)" [India Today: May 15, 2009].

4. Choice Between Two Hindi Zealots

Tamil people, or non-Hindi peoples in general, have no real choice because her opponent, the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is wedded to Hindi imposition and Hindi supremacy. Non-Hindi people have to choose between two pro-Hindi-imposition candidates. In fact, when it comes to Hindi imposition and Hindi imperialism, non-Hindi people have no choice. No government can be formed at the centre in India without the participation or support of a Hindi-centric party (Congress or Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)). They will impose Hindi equally; only difference is that Congress would do it quietly and BJP would do it openly with a drum beat.

Hindi imposition and the slow but steady side-lining of other Indian languages cannot be stopped in India. The only way to get out of Hindi imperial rule is to get out of India--that is creation of one or more countries without the Hindi states. That is the only way for non-Hindi peoples to escape Hindi imposition and imperialism.

Thanjai Nalangkilli

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