Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘include Tamil as an optional language for study in other states’. However, he later deleted the tweet.
Taking to Twitter, CM Palaniswami posted, “Request Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji to include Tamil as an optional language for study in other states. This will be a great service to one of the most ancient languages of the world.”
His request came two days after the Centre revised the National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 draft by making the Hindi language ‘optional’.
The government is believed to have tweaked the draft and made ‘learning Hindi’ in non-Hindi speaking states an option and has further removed references to the Hindi language in many places.
“In keeping with the principle of flexibility, 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…,” the revised draft read.