We were in Coimbatore which is quite a city with malls and multiplexes. We were shopping for my mom as Tamilnadu is famous of steel utensils and bedspreads and bed sheets. I have known of the Tamil language obsession of Tamilnadu since years; that they don’t accept Hindi as our national language. WHATEVER! In my logic, though Hindi is not a constitutional national language but it is the most common language in the country and I believe we should be glad to have a language that all states can share. As there are immigrants in Tamilnadu, even Tamilians immigrate to other states and it’s easy for them to communicate as all other states use Hindi if not in its purest forms! And we are a part of the globalized world today!
The local crowd of little stores is purely Tamil speaking. When we went to a mall to shop, the attendees were still purely Tamil speaking; irrespective of you speak Hindi or English, they choose to IGNORE you if you are not speaking in Tamil! It was very insulting to me personally! Not being able to converse is different than IGNORING! What is the unwanted obsession of Tamil language? Why do we find more reasons to discriminate among our own countrymen? “Unity in diversity” is what we learnt in school! It means nothing for these people?
If I have so many problems in travelling through Tamilnadu, I can’t think of the nightmare the foreigners might be having! And if one has to say that the foreigners are responded back in English then this is open discrimination for your own people!
Even the buses have ONLY Tamil boards, no corresponding English boards! I would rather not go to Tamilnadu than get lost for not knowing Tamil! Even my husband who is a Tamilian said it should be so difficult for outsiders to travel or move around in Tamilnadu.
I do not aim to criticize the state or the people; there are a hundreds of reasons to visit Tamilnadu but if the people are not warm & welcoming, it is disappointing! In today’s time do we still need this obsession? If every state boasts of its own language, do we need outsiders to break our unity?
The biggest example is China who came over its national language & took up learning English and today they are India’s biggest competitor in the global world! Don’t push away your own people for lack of Tamil language!