Tamil Nadu’s Ruling Party DMK Expresses Outrage Over Introduction of Bills with Hindi Names, Calls for Language Equality
Chennai, 12 August (City Times) : The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), in a vehement opposition, has raised its voice against the employment of Hindi names by the Central government in its recent bill introductions aimed at modernizing outdated British-era criminal laws.
Expressing grave concerns, DMK Member of Parliament, Wilson, unequivocally accused the central authorities of attempting to proliferate Hindi usage across the nation through the introduction of three recent Bills, all adorned with Hindi nomenclature.
Wilson ardently requested a transformation of the titles of these bills into English, emphasizing that the mandatory imposition of Hindi language was unconstitutional and tantamount to coercion.
Speaking at the Chennai airport upon his return from the parliamentary session in Delhi, Wilson highlighted, “In a linguistically diverse nation like India, English serves as the bridge between various languages. Presenting all three bills exclusively in Hindi creates confusion among the populace, as the names are not only unfamiliar but also challenging to articulate. Such a course of action is a clear step towards enforcing Hindi language nationwide.”
Terming this maneuver as a violation of the Constitution, Wilson emphasized, “The titles of these three bills are conspicuously in Hindi, a direct contravention of Article [INSERT ARTICLE NUMBER] of the Constitution which specifies that all documents, including bills, should be in English.”
The stance taken by the DMK garnered support from Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, MK Stalin, who vehemently condemned the central government’s approach. Stalin criticized the move, describing it as an endeavor that reeked of linguistic imperialism and likened it to an attempt at recolonization in the guise of decolonization.
Expressing his dismay on the ‘X’ platform (formerly known as Twitter), Stalin stated, “The audacious attempt by the Union BJP Government to tamper with the essence of India’s diversity through a sweeping overhaul – Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill – reeks of linguistic imperialism. This blatant disregard strikes at the very core of India’s unity, leaving the BJP and Prime Minister Modi morally bereft of any authority to even pronounce the term ‘Tamil’ henceforth.
Stalin further asserted, “The BJP’s audacious bid to supplant our identity with Hindi will be opposed resolutely,” concluding with a powerful hashtag advocating against the imposition of Hindi.
The bills in question – The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill, 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill, 2023, and the Bharatiya Sakhshya Bill, 2023 – were introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday. Shah, while presenting the bills, underscored their intent to uphold the rights enshrined in the Constitution for every Indian citizen.
Stressing on the purpose of these legislative measures, Shah stated, “The essence of these three new laws lies in safeguarding the complete spectrum of rights endowed upon citizens by the Constitution.”
Shah went on to expound, “These three bills reflect a solemn pledge articulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address – the commitment to eradicate all vestiges of subjugation.”
The DMK’s unyielding stance and Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister’s vehement objections signal a growing dissent against the perceived linguistic imposition and a fervent plea for upholding language equality and diversity in the nation.