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Respect regional languages to preserve unity; says, Ex- min

Respect regional languages to preserve unity; says, Ex- min

Regional languages, unity

India doesn’t need uniformity but unity, and it stands for unity in diversity, former Union minister and Congress leader Jayaram Ramesh said here on Sunday.

Speaking at the Tamil Literary Award 2021 organized by the Vishnupuram Literary Circle in the city, Ramesh said that the support for Sanskrit provided by the central government was 100 times more than what was being given to languages like Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Odia.

Tamil was declared a classical language in 2004-05 by the Union government after the efforts taken by DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who persuaded the then Prime minister Manmohan Singh. Subsequently, other languages were also declared classical.

He stressed upon giving all regional languages full support by encouraging translations by the Centre. Vishnupuram Literary Circle honoured poet Vikramadhithyan with its Vishnupuram Award for the year 2021. The award included Rs 2 lakh in cash, an artistically carved sculpture and a citation.

India is a multi-religious, multi-linguistic, multi-regional and multi-ethnic country. The country doesn’t need uniformity, but it requires unity and one way of preserving unity is respecting all regional languages.

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