Stir threat makes IAS man beat retreat, says will not promote 'mother tongue'
The signboards put up in the hope of helping hundreds of tourists visiting the temple city were being removed in deference to the wishes of the people, collector Anshul Mishra said after the move drew the ire of several local outfits.
"Respecting sentiments of our Tamil brothers and sisters, I am ready to take back my words regarding issue of trilingual boards and use of Hindi in these boards....I am here to serve people of Tamil Nadu and not to promote my mother tongue," Mishra, who is from the North, said on social networking site Facebook.
Officials said the installation of such signboards has been interpreted by some groups like Tamil Desa Pothu Udamai Katchi, which had demonstrated over the issue this month, as promoting Hindi by Mishra.
However, tour organisers and people serving the industry have supported the Collector's move and denounced demands by such elements, which they said would not help in development of Tamil Nadu or its people.
"The more languages a person knows, the more advantageous a position will he be in...be it getting a job...or being a guide in this city," Venugopal, a tour organiser, said.
An autorickshaw driver said signboards in Hindi would help end pilgrims being cheated. Not many knew the famous Meenakshi temple was just a stone's throw from the