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Hindi imposition issue surfaces again

Wednesday 24 December 2003

CHENNAI: After several years, the issue of ’Hindi imposition’ on Tamil Nadu has now surfaced with MDMK General Secretary Vaiko sending a letter to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, complaining about its ’imposition through Doordarshan.’

In his letter written from the Vellore Jail, where he has been lodged under POTA, Vaiko, MP, said the Tamil news bulletin, which was being telecast from 8.30 PM to 9 PM, had now been advanced and this prime time allotted to Hindi programmes.

’This is nothing but imposition of Hindi on our people’, Vaiko said adding the Tamil news bulletin should be restored to the original slot.

Vaiko said the DD1 of Chennai Kendra was telecasting three Tamil films during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, which were the only ’entertainment for the rural people’, but ’this has been stopped now’, resulting in disappointment to the people living in rural areas.

Tamil films were now being telecast only on Sundays while Hindi programmes were being beamed on Fridays and Saturdays, he said adding this ’planned’ attempt would be opposed by the party, if the need arose.

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The Times of India, Wednesday, December 24, 2003.

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