official Languages Bill, 1963, was introduced, because
Article 343 of the Constitution stated categorically that
the Official Language of the Union shall be Hindi after
1963. Being aware of the Passionate opposition towards
such an arbitrary arrangement by the Non – Hindi States,
this Bill tried to achieve a tenuous compromise by ruling
that English may be also an official language until such
time as Hindi could develop into an Official Language.
an able advocacy of the case for continuance of English
as an official language instead of Hindi, Anna traces
the history of thee language problem. He refers to the
apprehension mentioned by thee Congressmen themselves
during the discussions in the Constituent Assembly and
points out that the language resolution in the Constituent
Assembly was at best a compromise and therefore it is
proper to do some rethinking on the subject.
was prophetic when he stated in his speech, “In this problem,
The DMK occupies
Only a very small place. It depends upon the future of
this Bill whether the DML is to occupy a greater sphere
or occupy the same sphere.” The overall attitude of the
Congress Party to the language issue made that party very
unpopular in Tamil Nadu. The people of Tamil Nadu started
seeing the DMK as a party that would fight to any extent,
at any cost and undergo any suffering to resist the imposition
of Hindi imperialism in Tamil Nadu. The mishandling of
the language issue by the Congress Party and the language
agitations of 1965 created an emotional awakening among
the Tamil people and contributed to the electoral victories
that DMK secured in the 1967 elections.
while I was hearing the lucid explanation offered by the
Home Minister,I was almost convinced of his ability at
tight – rope walking. He has tried to present bill as
the most convenient measure that could be drafted under
the present circumstances. He has also made it appear
as harmless as possible.But permit me to say that after
the clarification offered by the Home Minister here and
elsewhere, I stand unconvinced. I rise to oppose this
Bill, conscious of course of the numerical factor – the
political arithmetic working in this Assembly. But I think
apart from political arithmetic, this august House will
pay some attention to political ethics and democratic
liberalism, for democracy does not merely mean majority
rule. It means, fundamentally, also recognizing, sanctifying
and safeguarding minority rights and even minority sentiments.
That is why I think – even though I am almost alone or,
if I may take my colleague Professor Ruthnaswamy along
with me – I cannot find my any other support in any part
here. The Home Minister has stated that we in the opposition
strike at one another. This is a problem wherein everybody
else strikes at me and yet I think I would be failing
in my duty if I did not present what I feel sincerely.
Therefore I say that I am thoroughly dissatisfied with
the present Bill. I am dissatisfied with the present Bill
because it does not satisfy that sentimental objection
raised to Hindi being made the official language and that
sentimental objection comes not from a small part off
India but from the southern side of India as a whole.
Of course, my Hon. Friend, Mr. Bhupesh Gupta, wanted especially
today to drive out English and, therefore, he was very
harsh in presenting English ; even the romantic Shakespearian
characters like Romel and Juliet were presented in a very
harsh manner, but let me remind him that I am proud of
Tamil and I am not as proud of English as I am of Tamil,
and in my State, Tamil is the official language. Mr Gupta’s
friend ought to have informed him that I make English
speeches only here and in my State I speak in Tamil. I
speak and write in Tamil in my State. Though it is run
by the Congress, as far as language is concerned, they
have made Tamil the official language and they made Tamil
also the medium of instruction in higher classes. I would
very much like my friend Mr. Gupta, to influence his Government
as I have to a certain extent influenced my Government.
GUPTA : Sorry I cannot.
sympathise with his inability but I would like to tell
him that I plead for English, I speak for English not
because I am enamoured of it, not because I think ought
to be given a higher place than my own mothertongue but
because it is the most convenient tool, it is the most
convenient medium which distributes advantages or disadvantages
evenly. Very many arguments have been advanced to say
that India has got to have a common language andd if that
base is accepted, one of the Indian languages alone can
become the common language. Nobody doubts it. If India
is a unitary State, this argument is logical. India is
a federal State. Indian society is plural, our political
system is composite and in a plural society and composite
political system to plead for an single common language
will, I think, create injustice unawares, create handicaps
unawares to some section of the society. India is not
a country. India consists of various ethnic groups, India
consist of various language groups and India has been
termed very correctly as an sub-continent and that is
why we are not able to find out that common working medium
as far as an official language is concerned. Even today
my Hon. Friends of the congress would forgive me for saying
that the congress has presented and the government has
accepted two national anthems, vande Mata ram and Jana
gana mana. Neither of these two national anthems is in
the Hindi language. They come, just as my friend Mr. Gupta
comes from Bengal. That shows that whatever be the claim
that the Hon. Home minister makes that Hindi has progressed
very much, how can I be compensated when I am told that
Hindi is becoming progressive, when I have got a language
five thousand years old and when I am not able to make
that language the official language of India?
will say that of all the languages, barring Sanskrit which
has become a dead language
Tamil has a literature tradition that goes back to five
thousand years. I may tell, Madam Deputy Chairman, for
the information of the house that the President is going
over to the information of the House that the president
is of the ancient Tamil work Tolkappiyam is a grammatical
work written more than three thousand years ago. We poses
such as inheritance. Let not my friend, Mr. bhupesh gupta,
feel that we are acting like some toadies and therefore
we want English. No. he has stated that he plead for Hindi
and he wants Hindi to become the national language and
official language yet he did not attempt to learn Hindi
and speak in Hindi and speak nin Hindi.
GUPTA: I did not have time.
he had time to learn das capital; he had time to learn
the underlying difference between Russian Communism and
Chinese Communism. He has had time to read everything
except Hindi and yet he spoke for Hindi here and had a
dig that others saying that shri C. rajagopalachari said
something at a big meeting. It was not as awkward as he
as presented. I sat by his side when he addressed the
He was saying Madam Deputy Chairman, while I was sitting
“ because of the Hindi question there is estrangement
between me and my old friendsand because of the language
question my inveterate enemy, the DMK , is sitting by
This is what he said and he asked the audience to draw
a lesson by saying,
“ here you find an example of language dividing and language
He said, “English is uniting and Hindi is dividing.”
if Mr c. rajagopalachari or anybody of his way of thinking
pleads for English, it is not because they are enamored
of it and they are not enamored of their own mother tongue.
The home minister was very sincere when he dealt with
the two grammatical phrases “may” and “shall” and he said
that they are capable of two interpretations. After modestly
saying that he was not a lawyer, not well – versed in
law, he said the word “may” is capable of two interpretations
and he also stated a very dangerous political principle.
He said that the bill or any law passed by any government
will be effective and fruitful only when he know who implements
it and how it is implemented. This is the worst part of
this bill. Any law should be interpretation, not only
by august individuals like the home minister but even
by ordinary political people who are to come after him.
If the home minister is to assure me that everything will
be all right if the Act is simply implemented properly,
I will have the fulfill confidence in Mr Lal Bahadhur
Shastri, but may I ask if Mr. Lal Bahadhur Shastri is
going to be here for all times to come ? should he not
become the president of India ? therefore, just to say,
“well, look at me . I am here and I will implement it
properly” – I say that no laws should be left to the vagaries
of the future governments.
dangerous thing that the home minister stated was this.
While we were discussing this, he said there were the
courts to decide. Madam Deputy Chairman, if every Act
is to be taken to the court and if for the implementation
of every Act we have to be at the back and call of courts
and judgments, if we have to rely on the lawyers and the
judges- and the home minister has made very pungent remarks;
we know that the lawyers differ, them judges differ –
where is the certainly? Why do you enact such an imperfect
bill throwing us to the wolves, asking us to go to the
courts to know the real meaning or the judicial meaning
of the simple word “may” ? the home minister has stated
that if ‘may’ is replaced by ‘shall’ there may arise so
many difficulties. Difficulties to arise , but the law
department remains there to ease out the difficulties
and present a bill acceptable to all. I do not think that
the law department which is able to prepare bills every
week even curtailing fundamental rights, is too poverty
– stricken in ideas and inefficient to present a perfect
a bill. Therefore on the face of it and on the interpretation
offered by the home minister himself, I think that the
bill is imperfect.
curious thing the home minister said, Of course he presented
it in a very sweet manner. He said “I went to madras to
the Hindi prachar convocation and when I met thousands
of graduates there I was wondering whether I should address
them in English and they said speak in Hindi.” Is it any
wonder, Madam Deputy Chairman, for the home minister to
address in Hindi in the Hindi convocation. To whom does
it do credit ? the amazing part of it is that the home
minister was doubtful whether Hindi would be understood
there in the Hindi Prachar Sabha Convocation. He was doubeful
whether Hindi would be understood and that is why he enquired
what language he should speak in. Therefore let us not
fall in for such things. I would request the Home Minsiter
to leave such funny things to younger people and present
more cogent, more logical and more responsible arguments
in support of the Bill.
I would like to deal with this question under three or
four broad headings – the problem of language during the
Constituent Assembly proceedings, the experience gained
during these 15 years, thirdly we should take into consideration
the Prime Minister’s assurance and fourthly we should
fine out whether this Bill gives effect to that assurance
of the Prime Minister.
of all, let us take the deliberations of the Constituent
Assembly. Now, my friend, Mr Bhupesh Gupta was proving
here that English can never be the official language because
it is a foreign language and only Hindi can be the official
language and he said there are only a handful of people,
toadies and lackeys –
GUPTA : I gave the percentage.
just go through your speech later. Who question Hindi
and plead for English. Madam Deputy Chairman, L have got
here the remarks made on the floor of the Constituent
Assembly by Mr B. Das of Orissa. He accepted Hindi, After
accepting Hindi he has stated;
“But that does not mean that we have no apprehensions,
we have no suspicions, we have no fears. The fears and
suspicions of years ago when officialdom was manned by
the English. When the Civil Service examinations were
held in London naturally the Englishmen preponderated
in the Service. Now that the Civil Service and other examinations
are being held in Delhi naturally hereafter the Hindi
– speaking province – Madam, Mr. Das was very prophetic!
am not talking of the immediate future but 15years hence-
the people of Hindi – speaking provinces such as U. P.
and C. P. will preponderate in the Civil and other services.”
Dr. Subbarayan, also pleaded for retaining English or
for Hindustani with Roman Script.
language clause introduced in the constitution, through
it may be an agreed solution, was at best a compromise
and in all compromises we have got every legitimate right
for a reappraisal and rethinking. My friend was saying
that as far as Hindi was concerned it was a settled fact
that Hindi is to become the official language in 1965
and nobody could question it. No, Sir, that is not the
case, because our Constitution is flexible, our political
system is democratic and we have got every right to amend
are amending the Constitution for the sixteenth time and
I would plead for a reappraisal of the language issue
and ask this august House to inform the Government that
instead of allowing this bitterness to grow, this rancour
to continue, instead of the two camps being created artificially,
they should takee up a reappraisal of the language question
and keep till that time the statusquo. If that is done,
I would be perfectly satisfied with the motives of the
Government. Were not alternatives offered to the Home
Minister by his own partymen at the party conclaves ?
Were all the members of the Congress Party fully satisfied
with the Bill ? Did it not need the entire cajoling of
the Home Minister and the persuasion of Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru, the Prime Minister, to coax them ? Am I divulging
any secret when I say that ? Did it not appear in all
the papers ? were the Congress M. P.s from the southern
States satisfied ? Did they not fight for the word ‘shall’
? Did they not fight for thee delection of the clause
relating to the reviewing Committee ? What was offered
to them ? Of course, I do not have personal contact with
the Home Minister but even from a distance he is a charming
man and to his party people he ought to be very charming.
Therefore he had a charming way of dispelling their suspicious
but the problem is not their suspicions. The people suspect
the motives behind this Bill. It may be argued that 42
per cent of the people
M. B. LAL : He should be given more time.
N. M. ANWAR : He must be given more time.
HON .MEMBERS : Yes, he must be given time.
was stated Hindi has got the claim to become the official
language because it was spoken by 42 per cent of the population.
If this 42 percent were to be scattered throughout the
length and breadth of India, the argument would be logical
and it would be ethical also but this 42 per cent is concentrated
in compact and contiguous areas. It is not spread over.
Therefore if 42 per cent is taken into consideration you
are conferring a permanent, perennial advantage on a compact
and contiguous area in India and conversely a permanent
disadvantage to other areas. And therefore it is that
this 42 per cent cannot be taken into consideration. If
Hindi were to be spoken throughout India even by 20 per
cent of the people, then we can say that of all the languages
Hindi is known from Cape Comorin to the Himalayas. Twenty
percent of our population do know Hindi and, therefore,
let Hindi become the official language. I can understand
it, though I cannot support it. I can understand the logic
behind it. But what is the logic behind presenting this
42 per cent, in a compact area of U. P., Bihar, Rajasthan
and Madhya Pradesh as an argument. It was Mr. T. T. Krishnamachari
who once said “ India, that is Bharat, that is U. P.”….
KUMAR BASU : Shri Shyama Prasad Mookerjee said that.
Shyama Prasad Mookerjee said it and T. T. Krishnamachari
repeated it once. I distinctly remember it. It first emanated
from Bengal. All revolutionary thoughts emanate from Bengal.
the 42 per cent, entrenched in a compact area cannot be
taken as an index of ethical majority. It is merely an
arithmetical majority. Therefore I say that Hindi has
no claim to becoming the official language. As the Home
Minister was saying, we have had linguistic States working
in full harmony. We have developed our regional languages.
We do not even call them regional languages. We call them
the national languages. In my State Tamil is the national
or linguistic States is developing in its own way. I would
very much request Members of this House to come along
with me and note the present political situation and find
out whether your official language problem fits in. Here
you have got linguistic States fully conscious of their
nationalism. They are developing their national languages.
Just as they are developing their national language, Telugu
in Andhra, Malayalam in Kerala and Tamil in Tamil Nadu,
so also in U. P. Madya Pradesh, Rajasthan and other other
places, they have got every right to develop Hindi as
their national language, as the official language there.
I found from the papers that in Punjab, which is considered
to be bilingual with Hindi and Punjabi, the Leader of
the House was saying some days back that he had great
difficulty making Hindi become the official language there.
Therefore, I would request, I would plead with the Hindi
States make their language their State official language.
Work it out and make it acceptable to everyone else, if
they want it.
KUMAR BASU : What is your solution to the problem of a
common language for the whole of India ?
Maybe my solution to the problem is negative, not positive.
I will present it in this way. Keep the status quo by
amending the Constitution. Let there be a solution not
necessarily by us. We are not the last scions of India.
Perhaps we re more confused. We have more political rancour.
In future times a proper solution may be arrived at. Therefore,
let us not seal it. Let us have the status quo maintained
by an amendment of the Constitution. I do not say it is
my solution. It is my request, it is my pleading and I
would say that on a solution of this issue depends the
entire political future of South India, especially Tamil
K. P. SINHA (Bihar) : Why not The Hague Court ?
know I am facing the Home Minister and in facing him I
say as a Gandhian he should give me the right of protesting
against what I consider to be evil and unjust. I am prepared
to take any consequence, and I am not alone in Tamil Nadu.
And therefore it is that I would say, respect the feelings
of people who have got a hoary language, who think that
by the imposition of Hindi as the official language there
will be political rencour.
arguments are advanced that English is a foreign language.
Again I give an example which may perhaps irritate my
friend, Shri Bhupesh Gupta. In the United States of Amercia
only 20 per cent of the people went from the British Isles.
Of the 80 per cent of people, some of them went from Spain,
some from Portugal, some from Italy and other European
countries. Yet America has chosen English as the official
language. My friend, Mr. Bhupesh Gupta, smiles ; “oh,
that Anglo – American conspiracy, we are well aware of
it.” Yet I would say that Americans have got as much self
– respect as we have got. Then, they thought that if they
could adopt English as the official language, they could
convey the sentiments of so many people. Again, I would
give another classical example, Ireland was fighting England
as ferociously, if not more ferociously than as thee Congress
fought the British. In Ireland De Valera said : “If we
are given the option Ireland or the Gaelic language, I
would give up Ireland, and I would keep the Gaelic language.”
When Ireland became free, the Irish Parliament met and
decided that Gaelic should be the official language and
along with it English should be the official language
as well. After all, we do not have any rancor or hatred
towards the British. We happen to be members of the common
wealth though my friend , Mr. Bhupesh Gupta, would like
India to be in some other group. Fortunately or unfortunately
India is a member of the common wealth. You can remain
in the common wealth. You can use all technology. You
can look at the world of English, but English is a foreign
language. It will be considered to be derogatory to us
if the British were the remain here and say take it. Then,
we will have to resist it. But now there is no question
of imposition of English by the British. As a matter of
fact, as my friend Mr. Bhuipesh Gupta said, the British
would very much like English to get out of India because
of the low standard of English here. Therefore, it is
not as if there is any imposition of an alien language
by an alien power. We ourselves, for the sake of convenience,
for the sake of expediency, because of the force of circumstances,
are asked to choose this medium, which happens to be foreign
to U.P., foreign to Madhya Pradesh, foreign to Tamil Nadu,
foreign to U.P., foreign to Madhya Pradesh, foreign to
Tamil Nadu, foreign to Andhra, therefore the advantages
and disadvantages are evenly distributed.
suppose Hindi becomes the official language. The Prime
Minister has been saying that Hindi should be simplified.
If a language becomes the national language, take it from
me,from my experience of the working of the Tamil language,
the pressure will be to make it more and more pure and
not more and more simple. You can never simplify the language
after making it official or national. If you come to our
part of the country, Mr Bhupesh Gupta, you will find new
words taken from the old vocabulary of Tamil. In the case
of Tamil mixed with Sanskrit, the mixture has been taken
out and there is purity of language there. That alone
will happen in Hindi States. When that happens and when
we are asked to learn simple Hindi, is it not a handicaprace
? For Hindi – knowing people in Hindi States, Hindi is
the mother – tongue, Hindi is the State official language,
Hindi is the medium of instruction and Hindi is the official
language in the Union.
many advantages have they got ? How many disadvantages
have you put on us ? Hindi is not our mother – tongue,
though if we learn Hindi, we can speak as our esteemed
friend, Shri Satyanarayana.
want curiosities in North India. That is say, however
efficient, however proficient we may become in any language,
unless it is our mother – tongue, it cannot offer us advantages
as that language would offer to members of that group,
and that is why we say that behind this Language Bill
there is the political problem. You may not be aware of
it. The Hon. Minister has stated at the fag end of his
speech that there is no ulterior motive. There cannot
be ulterior motive when such gentlemen are handling such
things. But I say whether you have a motive or not, the
consequence will be that. The consequence of the imposition
of Hindi as the official language will create a definite,
permanent and sickening advantage to the Hindi – speaking
States. That was what was stated by Shri B. Das of Orissa
in the Constituent Assembly, by Dr. Subbaroyan and by
very many others. And even in the Rajya Sabha some years
back when an allied question was discussed, my Hon. Friend,
Shri Avinashilingam Chettiar, raised his voice of warning.
Therefore, do not think that it is merely confined to
the DMK. In this problem, the DMK occupies only a very
small place. It depends upon the future of this Bill whether
the DMK is to occupy a greater sphere or occupy the same
sphere. But let me tell this House through you, Mr Vice
– Chairman with all respect, that if Hindi is imposed
as the official language, the DMK will unfold its relentless
fight, its relentless agitation against this imposition
of Hindi whatever be the consequences.
The other day I heard the Home Minister saying, “During
the emergency the parliament is empowering me to take
what action I like.” I am aware of it and being cognizant
of it my conscience will not permit me to keep quiet f
this imposition of Hindi were to become a fact. The entire
south will revolt against this. When I say the entire
south, I know that there are Andhra, Malayalees and others
who will say; “ No no. we are not with you.” I am aware
of that. But those who understand the significance if
the Hindi menace and those who realize the consequence
of the Hindi menace, they are with me.
Hon. Member; the madras minorities are with you. It is
simply because I am in a minority that I am pleading.
If I had been in a majority, I would have carried the
day. Therefore it is not an accusation. Because you are
saying that, I have to point out that the Congress Party
itself controls power not because it is in the majority,
but it ncontrols power through minority votes.
sinha : Largest single block of votes. The congress party
got during the last elections 72 percent of the seats
in the lok sabha on an aggregate poll of 45 per cent of
the votes in its favor, whereareas the opposition groups
got 28 per cent of the seat despite the fact that they
polled 55 per cent of the votes.
Please do not provoke me into presenting these stark realities.
Therefore, I would say that it is not a question of majority
or minority. It is a question of justice and freedom,
it is a question of consultation and concord, it is a
question of amity and affection of animosity. You will
have to decide it in that way and not through numbers.
Therefore it is that I say I request the Home minister,
through the bill it is passed by the lok sabha, to withdraw
the bill, to take the prime minister’s assurance into
his consideration. And that is the last item that I want
to press upon him.
is the prime minister’s assurance? Before saying what
the prime minister assured, I would ask the Home minister
to go into the genesis of that assurance, why was it given,
when it was given, how it was given and to whom it was
given. A prime minister of a state will not go on giving
assurances to anybody at any time. An assurance from the
prime minister becomes necessary because he finds a political
atmosphere in the country that needs soothing. That needs
assuaging, and it was at that time that the prime minister
had come forward to dispel our apprehensions. He stated
that English would continue as the associative official
language. Why don’t we include the words “associative
official language”? well somebody may ask: “are you not
satisfied with the title”? it is an official language.”
But if I were to be satisfied with the title, my friend
Mr. Vajpayee would be dissatisfied because it is official
languages ad not official language therefore I have got
nothing against Mr. Vajpayee. I can understand his words,
and as a matter of fact in politics as well as in other
things extremes can understand extremes. It is only the
mixtures that create difficulty. My friend, Mr. Vajpayee,
is swearing by Hindi. I appreciate his courage. I wish
my State also contains as many Vajpayees as possible.
He is fighting for his language, fighting not only for
his language to become the State official language but
to become the all India official language, and if my friend,
Mr Vajpayee, were to be given full scope, he would make
it even a world language. I like him very much got that.
But what the Congress Government has done is this. They
on the one hand went on encouraging the Hindi people,
and on the other hand they went on giving confidence to
us also. Wherever there were occasions to meet people
who wanted Hindi as an official language they said: “Do
not be afraid. Let 1965 dawn, Hindi will become the official
language.” And Shri Vajpayee was thoroughly satisfied.
That is why the present Bill dissatisfies him, because
another ten years’ lease of life is given to English and
he turns round and asks; “Where is my Hindi?” You have
given rich assurances to us. You have stated that English
will remain an associate language indefinitely. The word
“indefinitely” was explained by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
in this way; “As long as you want, as long as the non-Hindi
people want; and I will leave the entire question to be
decided not by Hindi-knowing people but by non-Hindi knowing
people.” Now by giving assurances to us and by encouraging
men of Mr Vajpayee’s persuasion you are creating unnecessary
rancour between myself and Mr Vajpayee. If you are to
allow Mr Vajpayee to develop Hindi in his UP and if you
are to allow English to be the link between me and Mr
Vajpayee, I could not get a better friend than Mr Vajpayee.
Therefore I think that through this Bill you are creating
political rancour, and so the Prime Minister’s assurance
has not been carried out through this bill. Of course
clause by clause people argue, well, the Prime Minister
stated that English would continue, English continues.
How? Not as an associate official language along with
Hindi, but for some purposes which the Government will
decide. But the Prime Minister has stated that English
will remain as an associate official language, and if
the Prime Minister’ assurance is to be fully carried out,
I would request the Home Minister to drop this Bill, gird
up his loins, take the consequences bring forward an amendment
of the Consitution maintaining the status quo, that is
keeping English as the official language. Please do not
think that because it is foreign we should discard it.
This is the age of getting know-how and technical assistance
from any country that gives them and therefore let it
be the technical assistance that the English people have
given to us or handed over to us till, as my Hon. Friend
here put it, a permanent solution is thought of in a calmer
mood perhaps by people who come after. Therefore, I request
the Home Minister to drop this Bill, because I may tell
him that the moment this Bill was discussed, the claim
atmosphere in South India was disturbed. Everywhere, in
every town in Tamil Nad, you can find two groups discussed,
the calm atmosphere in South India was disturbed. Everywhere,
in every town in Tamil Nad, you can find two groups discussing
this problem, discussing it not in an amicable way, but
discussing it with political rancour. And when the Home
Minister has stated that the enemey is there to be driven
out, is it the proper time to create such a discord? Is
it the proper time for disturbing the political concord
and political climate? As a sagacious statesman the Home
Ministers should look into the matter and drop this Bill,
amend the Constitution, keep English as the official language
till the non-Hindi-speaking people decide about it.
When I am saying this, I am not being ludicrous because
a member of the Planning Commission, Shri Shriman Narayan,
has stated only last week that only the non-Hindi people
should decide the question. And another member of the
Congress Party itself, in a meeting presided over, I think,
by the Home Minister, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, was kind
enough to say I remember to have read his name as Mr Misra
only last week that a blank cheque should be given to
the non-Hindi people, let them write the dead-ling. That
is political magnanimity, that is political sagacity.
And through this Bill, the political sagacity and statesmanship
expected of you is being thwarted and you are driving
a wedge into the calm political atmosphere and the united
outlook that you have created during the one year and
more. Therefore with a lone voice, though it might be
as Mr Bhupesh Gupta stated, a noisy voice, I would plead
with the Home Minister to consider this as the feeling
of the official representative of the DMK and the unofficial
emissary of the non-Hindi States of the South, those people
who understand the menace of Hindi and its consequences.
Therefore, I plead before the Home Minister for a reappraisal
of the languate issue, pending that reappraisal, for an
amendment of the Constitution for maintaining the status
quo and keeping English as the official language.