Facing backlash from all quarters for his remarks against making Hindi a compulsory language, Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi has justified his statement. Explaining his statement to the media, Ponmudi said that there is no employment in the whole of North India and that is why ‘most of the people are selling panipuri’.
The minister had said, “Many people say that if you speak Hindi, you will get a job. Have you got a job? Look in Coimbatore, or anywhere, those selling panipuri, all those people who speak Hindi. The education minister had said that the state government was committed to implement the bilingual system.
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This comment did not go down well with the countrymen and the Tamil Nadu minister was criticized all over India. Rajya Sabha MP and former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi made it clear that no one will impose Hindi on any state, saying it is one of the official languages of India and hence deserves respect. A disappointed Modi said, ‘The minister should have avoided making such remarks just for the sake of politics’.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, former Law and Justice Minister said, “Deep, painful… how can a minister make such remarks… We need to respect all languages including Hindi, I hope ministers and chief ministers will understand it.” “
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Further, MP and BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that it is unfortunate that the Higher Education Minister of Tamil Nadu made such a statement. Underlining that he was praising everyone, including Tamil Nadu, he said, “But trying to call the people of North India who may be poor and looking for jobs as ‘people who sell panipuri’ It is condemnable, and certainly not expected from those who hold important positions.”
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