news Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | August 17, 2014 | 12.21 pm IST Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha President Vatal Nagraj has given the Tamil Nadu government an ultimatum to withdraw its order making Tamil the first language in all schools in the state. Speaking to The News Minute, Nagraj said that the Tamil Nadu government was violating Constitutional protection given to minority languages in border areas of states, by including even minority language schools within the order’s purview.  Nagraj said that the order would affect the border areas, especially Thalavadi village in Tamil Nadu, which is near Chamrajnagar district in Karnataka. He said that if the Jayalalithaa government did not withdraw the order by September 20, Kannada Chalavali members would go en masse to the village, demanding it that it be scrapped. Asked if he had written to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Nagraj said that he had conveyed his intentions “through the media”. He said that the Tamil was protected in schools in the border areas of Karnataka which had a three-language policy, unlike Tamil Nadu which taught only two languages: Tamil and English. He said that when Karnataka was formed, Thalavadi was supposed to be included in Karnataka, but went to Tamil Nadu instead.  The Tamil Nadu government had issued the order in December 2012. A report in The New Indian Express says that the order would affect 43 primary and middle schools in Thalavadi which borders Chamarajnagar district. Nagraj had protested against the order even when the order was first issued.
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