Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister Ponmudi made a controversial statement on the Hindi language speakers. Ponmudi was addressing students at the convocation of Bharathiyar University in Coimbatore.
As per media reports, during this he said that Hindi speakers sell pani puri in our place. Ponmudi told the students to give more importance to English. Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi was also present on the occasion.
In his address, the Higher Education Minister said that Hindi speaking people either do second-class jobs or he is seen selling pani puri on the street. However, he told Tamil students that if students want to learn Hindi language then their optional subject should be Hindi and not a compulsory subject. He said that the good things of National Education Policy 2020 will also be implemented in Tamil Nadu. Government of Tamil Nadu is committed to implement two language system.
Ponmudi questioned that since English has become an international language, there is no need to learn Hindi. Today English is a more valuable language than Hindi. At the same time, the Higher Education Minister has claimed that Tamil Nadu is at the forefront of the state education system. The students here are ready to learn any language.
Reacting to the statement of the Higher Education Minister, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that it is very unfortunate that a senior minister from Tamil Nadu has made some remarks about North Indians, and especially Hindi speaking people. Tamil Nadu is equally dear to us, and it is a progressive state. This is a very unfortunate statement. It shows the mentality of such people who want to divide the country on the basis of language. We do not accept it at all and strongly condemn such language.”