State : Letter to oppose Sanskrit Week
BJP's cultural agenda is proving to be too bitter a pill for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, who joined other parties in the State to oppose the Sanskrit Week proposed by Centre to be celebrated between August 7 and 13 on July 19.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jayalalithaa said, “I understand that the R Bhattacharya, Secretary to the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource & Development, has written to the chief secretaries of all states asking them to celebrate Sanskrit Week. From the letter it appears that, while the celebrations would be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the State governments have also been requested to organise such events at the State, district and other levels.”
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CM also emphasised that Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language. There has also been a strong social justice and language movement in the State. So, any official celebration of 'Sanskrit Week' in the State is highly inappropriate. She has also proposed to have a classical language week in each State based on the linguistic heritage of that State.
The Bharatiya Janata Party termed it 'Unfair development' and asked the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah to revive his decision while, referring to the letter by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, expressing inability to offer Karnataka's share of 50 per cent of cost (including Land and Money) for the Railway projects.
“If the agreement is modified, it will take at least 30 years to complete ongoing Railway projects. The total cost of ongoing projects which is nearly 22,000 crore may escalate to 70,000 crore due to undue delay,” said Pralhad Joshi, raising apprehensions. When State government decides to go back on its commitment, delay in ongoing projects is unavoidable, he added.
—Guru Prasad from Bengaluru