DMK MP Kanimozhi on Sunday allegedly faced a humiliating experience at the airport where she was asked by a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer if she was an Indian because she did not speak Hindi.
Taking to her official Twitter handle, the DMK leader posted- “Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if ‘I am an Indian’ when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi. I would like to know from when being Indian is equal to knowing Hindi.’
Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if “I am an Indian” when I asked her to speak to me in tamil or English as I did not know Hindi. I would like to know from when being indian is equal to knowing Hindi.#hindiimposition
— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) August 9, 2020
The incident reportedly took place when Kanimozhi was at the Chennai international airport to take a flight to Delhi and the CISF officer who hit the MP nerve is apparently a woman. While Kanimozhi soon found support from many citizens and fellow politicians, CISF has responded to the issue in the next few hours.
Before the issue triggered a communal fix, issued an apology and sought details of the incident so “appropriate action” could be taken in the matter.
The CISF has ordered an Enquiry into the matter. It is not the policy of CISF to insist upon any particular language.
— CISF (@CISFHQrs) August 9, 2020
The incident assumed significance in the wake of a majority of the Tamil Nadu political leaders opposed the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, especially the three-language policy.
Imposing Hindi was also opposed by many states that the Centre’s move was against the spirit of federal structure, while the contentious recommendation was dropped.