Linguistic States won't lead to chauvinism: Rangarajan
By Our Staff Reporter
CHENNAI, NOV. 30. Led by the Governor, Dr. C. Rangarajan, speakers at a meeting here on Thursday evening made out a strong case for ``formation of linguistic States''.
The meeting was held in connection with the opening of the Amarajeevi Potti Sreeramulu Memorial building,
Dr. Rangarajan said Potti Sreeramulu was popular as the ``father of linguistic democracy'', besides for his contribution to the freedom struggle .
The desire of Potti Sreeramulu for a ``separate Andhra State'' resulted not only from his experience as a social worker and reformer but also ``because he felt that constructive work was possible only if the people were able to communicate to the Government in a language'' that both understood.
Terming misplaced the argument that creation of such States could lead to linguistic chauvinism and ``may come in the way of national integration'', the Governor said ``formation of linguistic States is a logical extension of the principle of democracy and adult franchise. As part of the democratic process, it is only natural to expect that the administrative and legislative functions are conducted in the language of the people. It is this desire which found expression in linguistic States''.
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