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Tracing history: South has always resisted Hindi

DNMUM437369 | 6/9/2019 | Author : Ketan Vaidya | WC :848

The love for Tamil extended to and integrated with the polity of the state so well that no national party has ever gained dominance in the state's politics.
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Arignar Anna (Anna the Scholar), who served as the Chief Minister of Madras, in 1969, rechristened the state to Tamil Nadu. The love for Tamil extended to and integrated with the polity of the state so well that no national party has ever gained dominance in the state's politics. Only mainstream Dravidian parties have ruled the state since then.
Since 1968, Tamil Nadu has been following a two-language formula in schools — English and Tamil. This came into effect in the wake of the promise made by the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri that Hindi will not be imposed in states where it is not the mother tongue of the people. He gave his word of honour after intense linguistic riots over the issue of languag
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