Chennai: The Center eventually backed down due to the controversy. (Hindi Imposition) has been withdrawn. Tamil Nadu is not Hindi speaking. It was there that instructions were given to write in Hindi on the yogurt packet. There were accusations of forcing Hindi. Expressing displeasure, the Tamil Nadu government, dairy cooperatives and even the neighboring state of Karnataka objected. That’s why the last mesh directive is withdrawn (Dahi Label Row).
Instead of the regional language, the instruction came to write ‘Dahi’ in Hindi
The controversy started around a guideline by the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSSAI). Recently a guideline was issued by FSSAI to the milk producer cooperatives of Tamil Nadu. It says that instead of writing ‘Curd’ in English or ‘Thyir’ in Tamil, ‘Dahi’ in Hindi should be written on the yogurt packet.
It was around this directive of FSSAI that the accusations of imposing Hindi again began to emerge. An objection was raised by the Tamil Nadu Dairy Cooperative. The neighboring state of Karnataka also started objecting to this. They write directly to FSSAI. It sought permission to continue using regional languages on yogurt packets. Karnataka argues that Curd is a common word, used in any language. But ‘yogurt’ refers to a specific product, C in taste-formation
Very different from urd.
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FSSAI is under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin strongly condemned the directive to use Hindi on their yogurt packets. He claimed that the directive was actually an attempt to force Hindi and alienate the people of the south.
Stalin also took to Twitter about this. He said, ‘This shameless attempt to impose Hindi has gone so far that it is being talked about writing Hindi on yogurt packets. Tamils and Kannadas are being exiled in our own state. Those who are brazenly neglecting our mother tongue, are destined to be expelled from the soil of the south’.
Surprisingly, Stalin got Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai on his side. Annamalai said that he has applied for the withdrawal of the guidelines. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave priority to regional languages. But FSSAI guidelines are against it. After that the guidelines were withdrawn.
Allegations of imposition of Hindi have been raised time and again
Earlier, Tamil Nadu has accused the central government of imposing Hindi. It has always opposed the imposition of Hindi in this state. Sarab Tara from those three decades in opposition to Hindi. Anti-Hindi movement has been going on since then. In the 1960s it became massive and Stalin’s party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) came to power on the basis of that movement. The country’s former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru supported the independence of Tamil Nadu. Apart from the Hindi-speaking states, the other southern states agreed to use English to maintain connectivity with the rest of the country. Even then, the controversy did not end. Tamil Nadu protested when the Centre’s new education policy mandated the use of Bengali as a third language.
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