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Prepared to demand closure of professional colleges

  • Says English a threat to Tamil
  • "Daddy-mummy culture" widely spread

    CHENNAI: The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) will strive hard to make Tamil the medium of instruction in all professional courses, especially medicine.

    The party will not deviate from its cardinal principle of "Tamil in all fields at all levels," said its founder S. Ramadoss here on Friday.

    Participating in the second anniversary of Tamil Osai, the party newspaper, Dr. Ramadoss said he was prepared to demand closure of medical and engineering colleges if authorities felt it was difficult to introduce Tamil as the medium of instruction.

    "Tamil will vanish"

    Coming down heavily on the two-language formula, Dr. Ramadoss said it was argued that English should continue to save Tamil from the onslaught of Hindi. But, English itself had become a threat to Tamil. The "daddy-mummy culture" had spread to interior villages. If the trend continued, Tamil would vanish from Tamil Nadu.

    Dr. Ramadoss said instructions had been given to the party newspaper to cover events impartially. No undue publicity was being given to the PMK.

    Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan stressed the need for protecting the language if the age-old culture was to be preserved. If a language were destroyed then the race would automatically be wiped out. So at any cost Tamil should be protected if Tamil race was to be saved.

    Tamilannal, a Tamil scholar, appealed for introduction of Tamil as medium of instruction in education.

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