Two Dogs and Hindi
A Tale from the Speeches of C. N. Annadurai
TAMIL TRIBUNE, January 1999 (ID. 1999-01-04)
I have heard the story "Two Dogs and Hindi" many times during my college days. The story was attributed to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (1967-1969) C. N. Annadurai. I am unable to track down a published version of the story. Some of Annadurai's speeches were never published. It is possible the story was published in one of the magazines he edited (He edited or published the Tamil magazines Dravidanadu, Kanchi and Malai Mani, and English magazines Homeland and Home Rule at various points of time.) Copies of those magazines from the 1950s and 1960s are hard to find these days. Irrespective of whether Mr. Annadurai told this story or not, this story drives home the irrationality of arguments for making Hindi the link language of India. Here is the story.
[NOTE: I have also heard that the story of two dogs and two trap doors was first told by the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, without any reference to Hindi of course. This may or may not be true. It is quite possible that C. N. Annadurai or someone else adapted the story to point out the ridiculousness of the Indian government asking non-Hindi peoples to study Hindi in addition to English. Whatever the origin of the story, the story is worth publishing.]
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