Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that efforts to impose the Hindi language are "unacceptable".
Vijayan wrote to the prime minister to Kerala's stand In response to reports on the official language committee of the Parliament's recommendation to make Hindi the medium of examinations for central services and to make Hindi a required language of study in educational institutions, including IITs and IIMs.
He stated that "The essence of India is defined by the concept of 'unity in diversity' which acknowledges cultural and linguistic diversity. Acknowledging this, it is brotherhood, tolerance and mutual respect between different peoples that sustains our country. The Chief Minister said that promoting any one language above others would destroy this integrity."
In terms of education, Kerala CM said the Centre has to accept the characteristics of states. He said making employment exams in Hindi will result in the denial of employment to a large percentage of youth in the country. Moreover, the imposition of Hindi is against the principle of cooperative federalism.
Later, DMK deputy general secretary and Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi joined the debate over the imposition of a language after a parliamentary panel recently recommended Hindi as the medium of instruction in technical and non-technical institutions.