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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Monday that if the central government wants to make both Hindi and English the official language of the country, it should insist on making its employees aware of both these languages. The former home minister said this in the backdrop of the controversy over the allegedly controversial remarks made by a CISF officer over DMK MP Kanimozhi not speaking in Hindi at the Chennai airport. Chidambaram said that the bitter experience Kanimozhi has faced at Chennai airport is not unusual.

He tweeted, “Non-Hindi speaking employees who are recruited to central government posts soon have to learn Hindi for working and speaking. Why can’t Hindi-speaking employees learn English for work and speaking? The Congress leader said, “If the central government is committed to making both Hindi and English the official language of India, then it should insist that all the employees of the central government are knowledgeable in both Hindi and English languages.

Significantly, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi tweeted on Sunday, “Today at the airport, when I asked a CISF official to speak in Tamil or English because I don’t know Hindi, he questioned me What ‘I am Indian. The MP wrote on Twitter using the hashtag ‘Hindi imposition’, “I would like to know since when has being an Indian become like knowing Hindi. CISF said that appropriate action would be taken on the incident.


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