“Free Gold Rings for Babies with Tamil Names”
Shrewd politics. Rude politics. And even lewd politics. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, they hit you with a new twist. I don’t know what name to give it, but I’ll bet this is the most creative politics I have ever heard of.
Now we can all agree that the TN government has always defined new lows when it comes to “protecting their language and culture” (intentional over-emphasis on the exaggerated air-quotes). Tax breaks for movies with Tamil names. Banning non-Tamil languages in all government schools. Dubbing all national TV shows into Tamil, including Chandrakanta, Shaktimaan, Shanti, Mahabharat and even Jungle Book! Well, this time they have clearly outdone themselves, people!
The Mrs has made my day by contributing this link. This is the kind of newspaper headline I would send to Reader’s Digest to get paid for contributing jokes. What will they come up with next? My best guess: free engineering college admission if you answer your Board exam English paper in Tamil. Or better still, no taxes if you use only Tamil numerals in your company’s balance sheet.
While we can all agree there is no flawless government policy, an interesting loophole comes to mind: what language do names like Gita, Raja, etc fall under? Maybe they’ll have to be Geethai and Raajan respectively.
And what if I give my kid a Tamil name and then change it after pocketing the ring? Do you think they will put enough real gold in it to cover the cost of the change-of-name application form?
No matter how that turns out, be prepared for the latest trend in next-generation names like Poongoththai, Anbazhagan, Tamizhselvi and Thirunaavurkkarasu.