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Language wars: DMK MP Kanimozhi calls for action against AYUSH Secretary
Chennai, August 22, 2020
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and Lok Sabha member K. Kanimozhi on Saturday demanded the suspension of Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary of the Ministry of AYUSH, for allegedly asking non-Hindi-speaking doctors to leave a training session.
In a tweet, Kanimozhi said: "The statement of Secretary of the Union Ministry of AYUSH Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha that non-Hindi speaking participants could leave during a Ministry's training session speaks volumes about the Hindi domination being imposed. This is highly condemnable."
She said: "Govt should place the Secretary under suspension and initiate appropriate disciplinary proceedings. How long is this attitude of excluding non-Hindi speakers to be tolerated?"
"Not knowing English is understandable, but this arrogance of asking those who don't know Hindi to leave and insisting on speaking in Hindi is totally unacceptable," tweeted Congress party's Member of Parliament Karti P. Chidambaram.
The virtual training session for master trainers was organised by the Ministry of AYUSH.
Most of the speakers spoke in Hindi which many delegates from non-Hindi speaking states including 37 from Tamil Nadu said was difficult to follow.
Kotecha, while addressing the gathering said he was not fluent in English and will speak in Hindi and allegedly asked those seeking instructions in English to leave.