BJP's plan for compulsory Hindi angers south India

A member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam showing support for the party with placards during an election rally in India's Tamil Nadu state in April. The party is opposed to the introduction of a third compulsory language.
A member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam showing support for the party with placards during an election rally in India's Tamil Nadu state in April. The party is opposed to the introduction of a third compulsory language.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Even party's backtracking on draft education policy fails to quell opposition in Tamil Nadu

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came back to power in a landslide win but failed to make a dent in most parts of southern India.

Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party has managed to further alienate parts of the region by first introducing Hindi as a mandatory third language in schools in a draft education policy, and then backtracking after a political backlash, particularly in Tamil Nadu.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2019, with the headline 'BJP's plan for compulsory Hindi angers south India'. Print Edition | Subscribe