If Tamil people are united, all will recognise Tamil’s greatness: Chidambaram

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is currently in Tihar Jail due to his connection with the INX Media case, said through Twitter on Sunday (September 29) that if Tamil people are united and speak in one voice, everyone will acknowledge the greatness of their language and culture.

Chidambaram asked his family to tweet: “If the Tamil people are united and speak in one voice, everyone will acknowledge the greatness of Tamil language and culture.”

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His remark comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Howdy Modi event in the US, had said the country’s various languages are an important identity of its liberal and democratic society.

Modi had highlighted the importance of linguistic diversity at a time when Home Minister Amit Shah had pitched for Hindi as a common language, which drew flak from Opposition parties. However, Shah had later clarified that he never asked for imposition of Hindi over native languages in the country but advocated its use as the second language.

Modi in his UNGA speech on Friday (September 29) had also invoked famous Tamil philosopher Kaniyan Pungundranar.

(With inputs from agencies)

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