Tamil Nadu Education Minister's controversial statement on Hindi language, 'Who are selling pani puri in the city'
Political statements are constantly being made in the country regarding Hindi. Where Hindi is given priority in North India, there is a constant protest against it in South India. Amidst all this, Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Ponmudi has given a controversial statement regarding Hindi speaking. In fact, at a convocation ceremony in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu's Education Minister, while making a controversial statement on the Hindi language, described English as a more powerful and valuable language. Along with this, he also said that Hindi speakers are selling pani puri in Coimbatore. He said that Hindi should be optional and not compulsory. Let us tell you that for the last several days, there is a lot of political controversy going on in the country regarding Hindi. Now the Higher Education Minister of Tamil Nadu has also jumped in this controversy.
Ponmudi criticized any attempt to impose Hindi allegedly and questioned the claim that learning Hindi would provide employment. Hitting out at those who insisted on job availability for Hindi learners, the minister asked who were selling pani puri in the city right now. He was clearly referring to the predominantly Hindi speaking vendors involved in this trade. In fact, Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Ponmudi attended the 37th convocation of Bharathiyar University. The function was presided over by State Governor R N Ravi who is also the Chancellor of the University. The minister reiterated the stand of the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kasham (DMK) against the imposition of Hindi. Ravi rejected it and said, there is no question of imposing Hindi or any other on any person.
Ponmudi said he used the platform to highlight Tamil Nadu's sentiments on the issue and the governor would convey it to the Centre. He said that while English and Tamil have been in vogue in Tamil Nadu for a long time and will continue to do so, students are not against learning other languages, including Hindi. The minister said, many people said that if you learn Hindi then you will get a job. Is this the situation... Here in Coimbatore, see who is selling pani-puri. These are those (Hindi speaking) people. He said that the state government is ready to adopt good schemes of the new education policy but Hindi should not be imposed and students can choose any one as the third option, but the state will continue to follow the existing system. In his address, Ravi refuted Ponmudi's claims of Hindi imposition and underlined Tamil's prosperity.