No felicitation before implementing Malayalam language law: writers


The state government had planned to felicitate MT and Sugathakumari as part of the classical language day observance on November 4.

Thiruvananthapuram: The government should first introduce the Malayalam language law before honouring them, demanded writers Sugathakumari and M T Vasudevan Nair.

The state government had planned to felicitate MT and Sugathakumari as part of the classical language day observance on November 4, and had invited them for the same. Sugathakumari said that she was not happy to be honoured on such an occasion while their long-pending demand for the Malayalam language law was yet to be implemented. MT is also learnt to have the same opinion, she said.

The Aikya Malayalam Prasthanam expressed protest over the issue. Writer K P Ramanunni had staged a hunger strike raising the demand in 2013. 'The Chief Minister and the Minister for Culture had then promised that the law would be passed in the next session of the Assembly itself,' Sugathakumari said.

The Assembly met many times after that. But the discussion on the Bill was postponed each time. 'Who is the government fearing on this matter? It should make clear who is opposing the law. The government is bound to take on those powers which oppose the law. It also has the responsibility to protect the country, its language and culture,' Sugathakumari and O N V Kurup said in a statement.

The Aikya Malayalam Prasthanam will stage a protest demonstration in front of the Secretariat on Sunday raising the demand.

The conditions in the draft Bill are: make Malayalam mandatory in all types of syllabi, give all higher secondary students the opportunity to study Malayalam, arrange facilities to write PSC exams in Malayalam, make Malayalam a subject for those pursuing higher studies including professional courses, and form the Malayalam language development department and directorate.

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