A directive from India’s meals security authority to rename curd packets as “Dahi” in Hindi was modified on Thursday after it sparked a backlash from Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister and milk producers, who see it as an try to impose Hindi on non-Hindi talking states.
The Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India (FSSAI) had issued the directive to the federation of milk producers in Tamil Nadu, asking them to vary the labels of their curd packets from “Curd” in English and “Thayir” in Tamil to “Dahi” in Hindi. The directive additionally utilized to different dairy merchandise comparable to butter and cheese. Because the controversy peaked on Friday, the FSSAI introduced it was altering the directive.
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The unique transfer had been met with resistance from milk producers in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Karnataka, who had written to FSSAI to allow them to proceed utilizing their regional languages. They argued that curd is a generic time period that can be utilized in any language, and that “Dahi” is a particular product that differs from curd in style and texture.
Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, MK Stalin, slammed the directive as a case of “Hindi imposition” and warned that it will alienate the folks of South India. In a tweet, he stated: “The unabashed insistences of #HindiImposition have come to the extent of directing us to label even a curd packet in Hindi, relegating Tamil & Kannada in our personal states. Such brazen disregard to our mom tongues will ensure these accountable are banished from South endlessly.”
Mr Stalin’s criticism was echoed by an unlikely ally: the Tamil Nadu chief of the BJP, Okay Annamalai, who belongs to the ruling celebration on the centre. Mr Annamalai stated he had demanded a rollback of the directive, saying it was not consistent with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coverage of selling regional languages.
This isn’t the primary time that Tamil Nadu has opposed what it calls “Hindi imposition” by the central authorities. The state has a protracted historical past of anti-Hindi agitation courting again to the Nineteen Thirties. The huge protests in opposition to Hindi imposition within the Nineteen Sixties had catapulted Mr Stalin’s celebration, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), to energy. The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had assured persevering with English as a hyperlink language so long as non Hindi-speaking states settle for Hindi.
The state has additionally been vehemently opposing the three-language formulation as a part of the brand new training coverage, which might require college students to study Hindi as a 3rd language.