The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha is taking strong exemption to the Sanskrit week celebration in CBSE schools under its realm next month. In an excerpt she stated that it would be apt to have intended a 'Classical Language Week' in each state based on its linguistic legacy.
As per the statement sent by the HRD Ministry, while the merriment would be carried out by CBSE, National Council of Educational Research and Training & Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in all states between 7 & 13 August, state Governments have also been appealed to organize such events at the State, District & other levels.
Jayalalitha, in a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stated, “Tamil Nadu has an affluent cultural heritage rooted in the ancient language of Tamil. There has also been a sturdy social justice & language movement in Tamil Nadu. Therefore, any official celebration of 'Sanskrit week' in Tamil Nadu is highly inapt".
"It would have been much more pertinent to have planned a Classical Language Week in each individual state based on the linguistic legacy" she added & requested the Prime Minister to counsel officials to duly alter the letter to facilitate each state, including the schools of CBSE, to organize celebrations in tune with the culture and language of the state.
"This would be consistent with the linguistic and cultural sensitivities in an assorted country like India", she added. Associates of the BJP in Tamil Nadu – PMK and MDMK - had also spoken against the proposal.