By - 7 March 2022
7 March 2022
"We don’t oppose Hindi. We oppose only the imposition of Hindi," announced Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on January 25 this year. The occasion was Anti-Hindi Martyrs’ Day. Led by E.V. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, during the freedom struggle, and through the 50s and 60s by C.N. Annadurai and others in the DMK, the fierce anti-Hindi protests not only dislodged the Indian National Congress from Tamil Nadu but made a resounding statement about the very nature of Indian federalism: that the principle of unity in diversity, embodied in the Constitution, may not be trifled with.