Hindi text is being added to the milestones on the National Highways in Tamil Nadu. What is surprising, however, is that Hindi is replacing English.
According to the New Indian Express, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been replacing the English text with Hindi along a particular stretch in the southern state for the past few months. The milestones now bear the name of the destinations in Tamil and Hindi only.
That Hindi is making an appearance in the state which once violently opposed the language is in itself a revealing thing. But the absence of English language is making it difficult for travelers from non-Hindi speaking states.
The report says that milestones on NH 75 and NH 77, which pass through Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts, now have names in Hindi and Tamil or Kannada.
MDMK leader Vaiko protested the move on Thursday. He said that the Center must take back the policy that is being followed by the NHAI.
Without naming the Center, he said, “Some people are trying to impose Hindi again. They are advancing an idea that only learning Hindi would lead to job prospects.”
Reports state that the move by the NHAI is being opposed by the locals. Since Vellore is a major medical hub, patients from across India and abroad come to the city for treatment.
At the same time, traders too are unhappy about the name change.