Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has demanded removal of a cartoon on anti-Hindi agitation from an National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) book which she felt has hurt the sentiments of the Tamils.
The chief minister said Wednesday the Dravidian movement against imposition of Hindi in 1965 could be illustrated with images of that era instead of cartoons that hurt the sentiments of the Tamil people.
The cartoon is one by the famous cartoonist R K Laxman in which a boy was shown pelting stone.
Jayalalithaa said the cartoon was disrespectful to the Dravidian leaders like Annadurai and Periyar.
"If you need to explain about Dravidian Movement, then photographs could be the best instrument, not a cartoon that portrays as though a reassurance had been given to the Tamil students that Hindi was not compulsory, but that assurance was in English andsomeone saying that the Tamil students did not know English also. This also gives an impression as if the anti Hindi students indulged in violence," she said.
"Tamils´ quality is not to be below anyone and not to lower anyone," she said about the anti-Hindi movement of 1965 when the Central Government had announced that the Hindi language alone would be the administrative language of the Government.
"The non Hindi states opposed this and the Dravidian movement conducted huge agitations," said Jaya, adding that the cartoon "also gives an impression as if the anti Hindi students indulged in violence."
Earlier, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal faced the anger of several Tamil political leaders from South India on the cartoon published in the NCERT class XII text books depicting the anti-Hindi movement in Tamil Nadu.
Sibal on Tuesday said the cartoon was being examined.
"The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) New Delhi has already constituted a committee on 14th May, 2012 under the chairmanship of Prof. S.K. Thorat, Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) to review the classes IX - XII Social Science/Political Science textbooks of NCERT from the point of view of identifying educationally inappropriate material in them and to provide suggestions for alternatives to be placed in the textbooks." Sibal said in a statement on Tuesday.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi had urged the Centre earlier to remove the cartoon from the political science text books keeping in mind the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier this year, the opposition parties slammed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and Kapil Sibal over a cartoon of the architect of Indian constitution BR Ambedkar printed in NCERT textbooks for class 11.