NEW DELHI: Days after Ayush ministry’s secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha’s comments in an online conference, asking participants to “leave” if they had a problem with him speaking in Hindi, opposition DMK has written to the Centre asking for all official events to be conducted in English.
Condemning the “incident of imposition” of Hindi, DMK MP and deputy leader of the party in Lok Sabha Kanimozhi wrote to Ayush minister Shripad Yesso Naik. “I urge you to direct the officials in your ministry to make sure that all official events are conducted in English and wherever Hindi is used, a corresponding translation in English is provided,” she wrote.
This is the second time in two weeks that DMK has registered its protest over the use of Hindi. Last week, Kanimozhi had said she had been asked by a CISF official at an airport to talk in Hindi to prove she’s “Indian”. She told that she had always had a problem with the use of Hindi for official events and this seemed like a logical solution. “Most parliamentarians and officials know only English apart from their mother tongue”, she said.
The Ayush secretary, meanwhile, has responded to Kanimozhi’s letter, he told TOI. “It is possible (to consider the suggestion) and even a separate training programme for officers from TN is possible.” Kotecha had earlier said he had made no statements that could hurt sentiments.
“A bunch of hooligans and government officials from Tamil Nadu had crashed the webinar. The link was shared with 350 participants but 430 joined. They started shouting. The speech was bilingual. The video had been morphed,” he said.