India revises draft schools Hindi language bill

The Indian government has revised a bill that sparked controversy over the teaching of the Hindi language in schools.

The proposed bill sought to make Hindi a mandatory third language in schools across the country.

The move was met with particularly strong opposition in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. In 1965, the state saw violent protests against a proposal that Hindi would be India's only official language.

The two main political parties in the state, the DMK and AIADMK, have both said that simply revising the draft to say Hindi would not be mandatory is not enough.

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