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Trouble on the Tamil border


As there has been no response even after the intervention Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Telugu people  of Tamil Nadu are organizing a protest program on November 1 in Hosur, a Telugu speaking are and which always sends a Telugu man to the Tamil Nadu Assembly. Hosur is a taluk in Krishnagiri district which shares the border with Andhra Pradesh and Karntaka.

Chief Minister Naidu wrote a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalitha last month urging her to look into the problems faced by the Telugu student in the state and requested her not to discourage Telugu as the medium of instruction. He also cited the example of Andhra Pradesh where Tamil is encouraged in border districts.

November 1, 1956 is the date when the Andhra Pradesh came into existence.  And also when India was reorganized on linguistic lines recognizing the rights of speaker of a particular language. The protest call is given by Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuvasakthi (TNTY). Many political leaders from Andhra Pradesh such as YSRCP MLAs Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, R.K. Roja, CPI national leader K. Narayana and film producer Thammareddy Bharadwaja, along with  Hosur MLA G. Gopinath. The Telugu language problem has begun with the enactment of  ‘Tamil Learning Act 2006’ by the then DMK government which made learning Tamil under Part-I compulsory, part-II English compulsory from I to X standard.  According to the Act, the students with mother tongue other than Tamil can learn their respective languages under part-IV as an optional subject, but their marks will not appear in the score card. There are around 1,500 villages in Krishnagiri district bordering AP with high Telugu and Kannada speaking population living since hundreds of years, even before the division of composite Madras State. Linguistic minorities such as Telugu and Kannada speaking people are widely present in 173 revenue villages in Hosur and 93 revenue villages in Denkanikottai taluk.

All these people suffer in the regime of new Tamil Language Act. So, the Telugus want restoration of the status of Telugu.




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