Chennai: Many leaders of Tamil Nadu stroked controversy by jumping the gun on the new National Education Policy (NEP) draft concerning three language formula in the policy.
The Central government has come out in time to allay the fears of the Tamil Nadu people.
Clarifying the Center’s stand, the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Only a report has been submitted on the new education policy. Government has not taken any decision on it. It has not even considered it and therefore the misunderstanding that the government has decided on the new education policy is not true.”
The minister also said that the Modi government has always promoted all Indian languages and therefore there is no case of or intention of imposing any language anybody.
The NEP draft, which has ground breaking suggestions to improve the quality of education in the country, has only been submitted to the HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, and no decision on it has been initiated.
However, leaders across most political parties in Tamil Nadu took advantage of it and spread fear among the people. Prominent among these leaders was Congress ally and DMK leader Stalin who blew up the sensitive issue out of proportion.
Stalin threatened that the BJP government should not even think in their dreams about the three language policy and warned that such “greedy” things will cause them disaster.
TNCC president K. S. Alagiri said people of TN will not allow the imposition of Hindi in the state. MDMK President Vaiko even warned that a language war will break out if any attempt is made to impose language in Tamil Nadu.
Even leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam, Kamal Haasan said that Hindi should not be imposed on anyone.