Amid protests over the draft version of the National Education Policy 2019, the NDA-ruled government at the centre has tweaked the draft. The centre had clarified on Sunday that Hindi will not be thrust upon any state. The centre’s education plan is seen by many in the southern states as an attempt to impose Hindi on school students.
Music director A R Rahman on Monday welcomed the changes made to the draft National Education Policy saying the alteration will enable students to choose any language they want to study.
The musician took to his Twitter account to express his contentment, which roughly means, “Hindi is not compulsory in TN. The draft policy has been revised.”
அழகிய தீர்வு 🌹🇮🇳 ”தமிழகத்தில் இந்தி கட்டாயமல்ல… திருத்தப்பட்டது வரைவு!”
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) June 3, 2019
Southern states of India, headed by Tamil Nadu, demonstrated severe outrage against the National Education Policy draft made by the Human Resource Development Ministry, which made Hindi and English mandatory in schools in non-Hindi speaking states.
Ever since the draft was made public, it invited huge outcry and criticism from Tamil Nadu. People took to Twitter and other social media platfoms to express their outrage against Hindi imposition.
Director Parthiban and followers reacted to his tweet :
அழகிய தீவு… நீங்கள்!
கண்டதெற்கெல்லாம் கருத்து சொல்ல மாட்டீர்கள்.எனவே சொல்லும் இதிலும் வாய்மை உண்டு! அதுவே வெல்லும்.
— R.Parthiban (@rparthiepan) June 3, 2019
தமிழன்டா எந்நாளும் சொன்னாலே திமிரேறும் 🔥 pic.twitter.com/q9htV3fzXQ
— தெல்பத்ரிசிங்💔 (@Thelpathrisingh) June 3, 2019
You can Sell Pani Puri in TN ! Not Hindi..
— T V A (@mangathadaww) June 3, 2019
— ⚡யெஸ்ஜேப்பி⚡ (@ZatatK3clUGnAY4) June 3, 2019
நீங்கள் சொல்லிய விதமும் அதைவிட அழகு உங்கள் புன்னகை போல்
— அமரன் (@amaranart) June 3, 2019
கடைசி தமிழனின் ரத்தம் எழும் வீழாதே தமிழினமே 😎
— CONTRACTOR Cʏʙᴏʀɢ ™ (@Cyborg_VJ02) June 3, 2019
Thalaivare sollitaaru…pesama kelambunge😁😁 pic.twitter.com/bHCzde1Ure
— Kamalesh G (@KamaleshG5) June 3, 2019
ஒத்தையா நின்னு மொத்த பேருக்கும் வித்தய காட்டுறதுல தமிழனுக்கு நிகர் தமிழன் மட்டும் தான் 😍😎🔥✋ #StopHindiImposition
— immanuel பிரபு (@iamprabhuuu) June 3, 2019
According to the new version of the draft policy, “Students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, so long as they are able to still demonstrate proficiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations sometime during secondary school.”
In the original Draft National Education Policy 2019, a three-language formula recommended the inclusion of English and Hindi besides mother tongue in the non-Hindi state, while the Hindi-speaking states were to include English and Indian language from other parts of India.
Academy Award winner AR Rahman is among the first to react to the new change. He took to Twitter to share the news with his followers and called the new decision ‘beautiful’.