July 19, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chennai, Tamil Nadu (July 19, 2014): Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa has taken strong exception to CBSE’s Sanskrit Week celebrations in schools under its ambit next month. Jayalalithaa on Saturday said it would be appropriate to have organized a ‘Classical Language Week’ in each state based on its linguistic heritage.
Allies of the BJP in Tamil Nadu — MDMK and PMK — had also last week spoken against the proposal.
As per the communication sent by the ministry of Human Rights Development (HRD), while the celebrations would be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in all states between August 7 and 13, state governments have also been requested to organize such events at the state, district and other levels.
In a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalaithaa said: “Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language. There has also been a strong social justice and language movement in the state. Hence, any official celebration of ‘Sanskrit week’ in Tamil Nadu is highly inappropriate”.
“It would have been much more appropriate to have organised a Classical Language Week in each state based on the linguistic heritage” she said and requested Modi to advise officials to suitably modify the letter to enable each state, including the CBSE schools, to organize celebrations in tune with the language and culture of the state.
“This would be in keeping with the cultural and linguistic sensitivities in a diverse country like ours”, she said.
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