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Madurai MP Su Venkatesan Sends Union Ministry Letter Written in Hindi | India News

MADURAI: Deputy Su Venkatesan from Madurai has sent a letter that he received from the Union Ministry of Culture because its content was in Hindi. The letter was sent to him seeking recommendations for the Gandhi Peace Prize.
In a letter to the Union Minister of State for Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, dated February 27, Venkatesan stated that he could not understand its content. From the form attached to the letter, which was in English, he understood that he was asked to submit recommendations for the Gandhi Peace Prize.
The deputy stated that he had registered his protest several times before for sending Hindi communications from various ministries. It was a violation of the Official Language Implementation Law, he said.
Venkatesan had approached the Madras High Court. The Union Government expressed its regret in court and assured that all future communications will be made in English.
“At least the ministry officials should have had the sensitivity on the issue considering the multicultural and multilingual heritage of this great nation. I doubt that this kind of approach is deliberate on the part of the Government of India to implement its project to impose the Sanskrit and Hindi to people in non-Hindi-speaking states of India, particularly Tamil Nadu, “he said.
He said that Tamil Nadu has a unique history of fighting such attempts to impose Hindi and that many sacrifices have been made. Therefore, people do not tire and fight against attempts to weaken their determination to maintain their identity and great culture, he added.
The deputy stated that he was returning the letter and asked the minister to advise his officials not to resort to such provocative measures in the future.

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