As per the communication sent by the Union HRD Ministry, while the celebrations would be conducted by CBSE, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in all states between August 7 and 13, state governments have also been requested to organize such events at the state, district and other levels.

"Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language. There has also been a strong social justice and language movement in the state. Hence, any official celebration of 'Sanskrit week' in Tamil Nadu is highly inappropriate", she stated in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa opposes Sanskrit Week celebrations in schools.
Jayalalithaa said it would have been much more appropriate to have organized a Classical Language Week in each state based on the linguistic heritage.
She said Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language.
As per the instructions of the Union HRD Ministry, state governments have also been requested to organize such events at the state, district and other levels.
CBSE is all set to organize Sanskrit Week celebrations in schools.

"It would have been much more appropriate to have organized a Classical Language Week in each state based on the linguistic heritage" she said and requested Narendra Modi to advise officials to suitably modify the letter to enable each state, including the CBSE schools, to organize celebrations in tune with the language and culture of the state.

"This would be in keeping with the cultural and linguistic sensitivities in a diverse country like ours", she said.

Allies of the BJP in Tamil Nadu MDMK and PMK had also last week spoken against the proposal.

(Agencies)

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