Remove cartoon on anti-Hindi agitation, thunders Jaya

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Chennai, Jun 13: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday demanded the removal of the anti-Hindi agitation cartoon in NCERT textbooks and said that it hurt the sentiments of Tamil people.

She said the cartoon gave an impression that Tamil students were ignorant and did not understand English, which "hurt" Tamil sentiments.

"The Dravidian movement should have been explained to students using photographs of that era as they would be the best tool for this purpose and instead carrying a cartoon saying the Tamil student was not required to study Hindi and that he was ignorant towards English has hurt the sentiments of Tamil people," she said in a statement here.

"It is regrettable that a cartoon hurting the Tamils' sentiments has been published. I strongly condemn it. I urge the Centre to immediately remove it from the textbooks," she demanded.

Earlier, Dravidian parties including ruling UPA constituent DMK and DMDK had demanded the removal of the cartoon even as Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had announced forming a committee to review the Classes IX- XII Social Science and Political Science textbooks of NCERT after the row erupted.

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