A controversial order by a Delhi government hospital banning nurses from Kerala from conversing in Malayalam has evoked angry reactions. This was after a diktat from Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) directed nurses to only converse in Hindi or English.
Even though the order was later withdrawn, the development has left nurses incensed. Fameer CK, representative of Delhi Action Committee of Malayali Nurses told ANI that the news was ‘really shocking’ for them. “We feel that it is a threat to our linguistic freedom. We need an apology from the concerned person as they have humiliated the whole state,” Fameer added.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents Wayanad parliamentary constituency in Kerala, tweeted, “Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language. Stop language discrimination!”
Malayalam is as Indian as any other Indian language.
Stop language discrimination! pic.twitter.com/SSBQiQyfFi
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 6, 2021
CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury tweeted, “No language can be banned from usage anywhere in India as long as the people conversing understand it. This must be reversed immediately.” Yechury’s party recently won a second term in the just-concluded assembly polls in Kerala.
Meanwhile, the nurse union has decided to continue with their protests until the Delhi government takes ‘strict action against the Nursing Superintendent, GB Pant Hospital.’