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Rajini rakes up Tamil-English controversy

Rajinikanth wants children to call their parents Mummy and Daddy and not Amma and Appa, Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar today in Chennai.

After Tamil versus Hindi/Sanskrit, a Tamil versus English fight seems to be starting in Tamil Nadu, thanks to the stand taken by actors-turned politicians Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

Referring to Rajnikanth’s speech at a Chennai college today where he asked students to speak in English, Jayakumar said the actor wants the children to call their parents Mummy and Daddy.

Rajinikanth’s call to students to speak in English to do well in their career is in contrast to what fellow actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan urged the people in Madurai.

Launching his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in Madurai, Kamal said if people speak in Tamil, the language would continue to grow.

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