On the incident
At the Chennai airport, a lady officer was giving directions in Hindi. I couldn’t understand and asked her to speak either in English or Tamil because I can’t follow Hindi. But she continued talking in Hindi. Then I told her not to expect everyone to understand the language. Her response was, “Aren’t you an Indian?”
On three-language formula
I think the three-language formula is to push Hindi into non-Hindi speaking states. Nobody is saying don’t learn Hindi. But it can’t be forced. Nobody is against learning any language. The question arises when they ask us to learn a particular language.
On DMK’s stand
The DMK led agitations in 1937 and 1967 against the imposition of Hindi in TN. It’s an ongoing battle.
On the BJP ‘agenda’
They are trying to bring back the idea of one nation, one language. Not everybody in north India speaks Hindi. Many states have different...