Published: 02nd June 2019
#StopHindiImposition: Will the next anti-Hindi war be fought in cyberspace?
Many South Indians, especially from Tamil Nadu have taken to social media to protest against the National Draft Committee's recommendation of a three-language system ins schools
During the 1940's and the 1950's at various intervals, Tamilians took to the streets to protest against Hindi Imposition. The protests in 1955 were the most rigorous of them all and went down in history as one of the most iconic movements in India. Today, the anti-Hindi imposition movement seems to have taken birth again except this time, it's on social media. While meme-creators have been having quite a field day these last few days, from Nesamani to the #StopHindiImposition, a lot of twitterati seems to seriously concerned with the three-language recommendation of the National Draft Committee. Since it is social media, a lot of people from neighbouring countries like Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have also joined in this time, condemning the new recommendations of the draft policy.
However, even though the movement has started on social media, a lot of people are saying that that is not where it will end. Soon, the protests could flow into the streets too. That is, the people claim if the recommendation is accepting by the Committee. One of the users said, "Is it time for another Jallikattu?" But for now, the supporters of the anti-Hindi imposition are only using social media to express their feelings. Here are some of the most interesting tweets —
North India students learn 2 languages— Kunal #अभिजातमराठी (@KunalJoshi11111) June 1, 2019
Which is the third Indian language in North India?
Where is North India's three language formula?
Where is linguistic similarity?
Please Cancel the three language formula law#HindiLanguage
Make knowledge compulsory and not language. Have been working for years with folks who talk only Hindi and never had problem. #NoHindiInNonHindiStates— Elango (@speaktoelango) June 1, 2019
Maharashtra is not a hindi land. Don't force marathis to watch hindi sports channels. They want to enjoy sports in their own lang. Marathi sports channel much needed. Don't come under the pressure of hindi fanatics in govt. #NoHindiInNonHindiStates#स्टारस्पोर्ट्समराठी pic.twitter.com/KUqXzEMFay— StopHindiImposition (@SayNoToHindi) June 1, 2019
I need to say something here mate.— Contractor Prasanna (@prastheboss14) June 1, 2019
So I'm a Tamilan, and they say hindi is "more useful". Which means, my language loses its usefulness at that point, right? Which I won't allow to happen.#StopHindiImposition
if knowing Hindi was the requisite for development we wouldn’t see huge immigration in the south. I wish ppl realised we don’t have problems with Hindi but we don’t want Hindi shoved down our throat. Also learn our language when in our states to communicate. #StopHindiImposition— Lavanya Ballal | ಲಾವಣ್ಯ ಬಲ್ಲಾಳ್ (@LavanyaBallal) June 1, 2019