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Senior DMK member sets himself on fire over Center’s decision to introduce Hindi as medium of instruction

In order to protest the imposition of Hindi, an 85-year-old farmer from Tamil Nadu's Salem district set himself on fire outside the DMK office.

By wasmulhaq 
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Chennai: In order to protest the imposition of Hindi, an 85-year-old farmer from Tamil Nadu’s Salem district set himself on fire outside the DMK office. A former agriculture union organiser for the DMK demonstrated against the imposition of Hindi this morning.

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He allegedly poured petrol on his entire body around 11 am, set him ablaze, and died instantly. Thangavel, a prominent DMK member, expressed his shock over the central government’s move to introduce Hindi as a language of instruction.

Thangavel wrote on a banner before committing suicide, “Modi government, central government, we don’t want Hindi.” Our native language is Tamil. The imposition of Hindi will spoil the careers of students. “Get rid of Hindi, get rid of Hindi, and get rid of Hindi.”

Tamil Nadu’s ruling party, the DMK, has made it clear that the party is set to stage a protest against the BJP-led Center in Delhi if Hindi is deliberately pushed into the state.

The party had earlier, organised a massive protest and said it would not remain silent if the people’s sentiments were not respected by the central government. The protest took place when the parliamentary panel suggested that Hindi be the medium of instruction in technical and non-technical higher education institutes such as the IITs across the country.

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The panel also suggested that Hindi should be made the official language of the United Nations as well.

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