Those interested in learning it as a language are welcome to do so as per their needs to travel around the country. But forcing it to be assumed as a national language is absurd. Every state has it's right to protect their language. Just because people come in hoards to this state we can't allow it to be added to name plates. Let them learn the local language as we do when in Karnataka. Which is adamancy- squishing a language and culture with the longest history or trying to uphold it from being lost along with the Tamil heritage? Madras became the hub of the East Indian company and it did flourish, but we hated the British in par with the freedom fighters of the North. This is for those who say we went along with the Englishmen of preferred to be their slaves. English knowledge helps anyone to communicate throughout the country and if it's not enough- then one can learn it or use a translator as per requirement. The Tamil school text books hold so much information for a child to become a great person & human being. It's more than my personal opinion that Hindi would never equal Tamil and we do not want it here. Why force it when IAS, pani-puri sellers, table attendants from the east, securities of the many industries, salon guys & so many migrants can understand and speak good Tamil? Its not national integration when you coax Hindi and call it national al language- folks don't speak hindi in all states- but they can understand it due to the similar dialect- which is not the case here. Plundering of our country's good stuff has had it's time. Let's not spoil what we have for the state.
Let the people of the state have their choice. Its ugly to force such thing being a country of 'secular' thoughts. Learning a language takes less time be it Japanese or hindi. Forcing it in schools is akin to genocide. Learn Tamil if you're here and converse in English if you find it hard OR hire a translator! If hindi hasn't gotten its place as in other places- there's a good reason for it.. more