Alleging that political leaders from the south were deprived of opportunities by “Hindi politics and discrimination”, JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Monday said it has prevented many South Indians from being the prime minister.
Expressing anguish over CISF officials allegedly asking DMK MP Kanimozhi if “she was an Indian” as she could not speak Hindi, the former Karnataka chief minister accused the ruling class of ignoring the south with “disdain.”
In a series of tweets, he also raised concerns over Kannadigas allegedly being denied opportunities from getting jobs as for many government and public sector jobs, one has to write exams either in English or Hindi.
“DMK @arivalayam MP @KanimozhiDMK has been questioned “Are you an Indian? I raise my voice against the insult meted to sister Kanimozhi. Now, it is apt to debate how political leaders from the South were snatched of their opportunities by Hindi politics and discrimination (sic),” Mr Kumaraswamy tweeted.
DMK MP Kanimozhi on Sunday alleged that a CISF official had asked her if “she was an Indian” as she could not speak Hindi, while the paramilitary force ordered an inquiry asserting that it is not its policy to insist upon any particular language.
Stating that Hindi politics has prevented many south Indians from becoming prime minister, and HD Deve Gowda, Karunanidhi and Kamaraj are prominent among them, he said, though his…