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Tamil Nadu MP Takes Oath in Telugu surprising all in Lok Sabha

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 • Telugu Comments
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Tamil Nadu MP Takes Oath in Telugu surprising all in Lok Sabha

As the Lok Sabha welcomed its new members, MPs from various states took their oaths in their native languages, a vibrant display of India's linguistic diversity. While Telugu MPs from their respective states predominantly opted for Telugu, a unique instance unfolded from Tamil Nadu, where Krishnagiri Congress MP K. Gopinath took his oath in Telugu.

This act exemplifies Gopinath's unwavering commitment to his mother tongue, a commitment deeply rooted in his long and distinguished political career in Tamil Nadu. A leader of Telugu origin, Gopinath has won numerous elections as an MLA from Hosur, a district bordering Andhra Pradesh with a significant Telugu-speaking population. He has consistently championed the language in a state known for its strong linguistic identity.

Gopinath's choice to take the oath in Telugu is not merely symbolic; it reflects his consistent advocacy for the language's preservation in Tamil Nadu. This was evident during his time as a Congress MLA when he challenged then Chief Minister Jayalalitha's law making Tamil compulsory in the state. He argued passionately for the inclusion and preservation of minority languages, emphasizing the importance of allowing future generations to learn in their native tongue. Remarkably, Jayalalitha responded to his arguments in Telugu, showcasing a rare instance of mutual respect between languages.

Gopinath's story is a powerful reminder of the importance of linguistic diversity and inclusivity. He embodies the spirit of respecting and cherishing different languages, a value that extends beyond individual preferences. His dedication to preserving Telugu in Tamil Nadu is an inspiration, reminding us that language is a powerful tool for cultural preservation and that it is important to fight for the recognition of all languages within our diverse nation. Gopinath's gesture is winning the hearts of all and also highlighted the importance of speaking in mother tongue while learning all other languages.

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