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Updated: July 23, 2013 11:31 IST

Federation takes up case for introducing Tamil in U.S. schools

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R.Porchezhiyan, Director of Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.
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R.Porchezhiyan, Director of Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America.

Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America has been demanding American authorities to introduce Tamil as second language, like French and Spanish, in schools in areas with significant Tamil population throughout the U.S. , said R.Porchezhiyan, director of the federation, here on Monday.

American Tamil Academy has taken up teaching Tamil language and culture to students in many schools. Text books have been prepared and students are taught, along with Tamil language, Thamizhisai, folk and martial arts. “Nearly 5,000 students in 45 schools are being taught by 500 volunteers,” Mr. Porchezhiyan said.

“Migrant Tamils want the younger generation to keep their roots intact . Tamil sangams were established in America 35 years ago and the federation was formed 25 years back,” he said.

The federation has been celebrating Pongal , summer festivals, Muthamizh Vizha and Vasantha Vizha. “ Leaders like R.Nallakannu and Mahendran have participated in our functions and gave lectures. We have organised talks by popular artists, writers, and political leaders, including Sivaji Ganesan and Manorama, and artistes like Thirubuvanam Athmanabhan and Narthagi Nadaraj,” he said.

American Tamils have expressed solidarity with their brethren in Sri Lanka and have expressed their views over the issue in the form of agitations. “Our agitations before the White House was one reason for the US bringing in a resolution on Sri Lanka in the United Nations,” Porchezhiyan said.

Mr.Porchezhiyan expressed concern over introduction of English in government schools. The federation will organise a conference on Purananooru in October, he said.

Very Commendable actions.Nowadays in Tamil Nadu itself there is very rare for a Tamil child to have a Tamil name and it seems that all Tamil children now are behaving like descendant of English people because of the education they receive in foreign language which is based on foreign culture.Tamil Nadu government should appreciate and follow the step taken by several state goverments and countries like Singapore,Arab nations and etc which introduce education system in their own mother tongue or at least ensures their mother tongue to be made as compulsory subject in the education system.

from:  Thina
Posted on: Jul 25, 2013 at 20:24 IST

I wonder where these people in US live. Nobody wants Tamil shoved down
their throats like some fanatics want. In US parents and students alike
are free to choose, what second language they want. I don't believe
you'll be able to shove it in the US educational system as a optional
choice of second language. Kids dread to come to India with their
parents because of this language shoving. Love for a specific language
should come from their own wish and will. Tamil as a second language in
US...you must be joking.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 23:38 IST

This article proves that Indian languages are only not given importance in India but it is widely accepted elsewhere. Languages spoken by minority people in India are slowly dying, the recent Rajnath Singh's speech of not supporting English is a classic example. Only few Indians know about thier national language. Only solution to grow stronger pillar to pillar is to promote English and Regional language (that includes Hindi, Tamil, Meiti, Marathi..etc on equal par) else language in India will loose it's original color.

from:  Albedo
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 18:18 IST

May be leaders in Tamil Nadu should learn from these spirited Tamils abroad. Tamil is becoming a language which can be learnt in US and Canada thanks to these organizations.

On the other hand, the sad state of affairs is Tamil is slowly getting eradicated out of Tamil Nadu. Several communities of Tamils are excluded from 69% reservation quota in favour OBC/MBC castes who speak Urdu, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada. Tamil Nadu governments in recent years have cut funding and closed down Tamil schools and given licenses to "CBSE" schools to skip Tamil and impose Hindi as a compulsory II/III subject. Tamil is also absent in signboards in tourist places in Tamil Nadu such as Kanniyakumari, Ooty,and Rameswaram to be replaced with Hindi.

It will not be surprising that Tamil will be lost within two generations in Tamil Nadu due to Dravidian parties.

Tamil is no longer a functional official language in Tamil Nadu - Tamil content in Tamil Nadu govt. websites have either been deleted or missing.

from:  Parameswaram
Posted on: Jul 23, 2013 at 13:01 IST
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