And as usual, former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, whose party was ousted from power in the recently concluded elections in Tamil Nadu, has expressed his displeasure over the fact. He was responding to the AIADMK government's decision to put on hold, the implementation of Uniform School Education system.
Reacting to the decision, Karunanidhi was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying, "If the decision was prompted by the presence of my poem in the textbooks meant for USE classes, then there is nothing wrong in implementing the system after deleting my poem."
In a statement that detailed the idea behind USE and efforts put in that respect, Karunanidhi or 'Kalaignar' as he is popularly known said, "If the present government opposes the USE just because it was introduced by the DMK regime, I can understand that."
Adding that his poems hailing classical Tamil could be removed from the textbooks, he said, "The government should take a fresh call on whether all those textbooks deserve to be scrapped as printing new ones would result in fresh expenditure of Rs 200 crore."
USE, introduced by the DMK government, was aimed to provide uniform education to all sections of the society and was put into effect after implementing recommendations from an expert committee.