Tamil Nadu MPs are determined to write a letter to the President. More than 30 Members of Parliament relating to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Indian National Congress (INC) and other opposition parties have written to the President of India asking that a committee must be formed by the Indian government to study Indian culture be disbanded. The MPs have stated that the 16 member committee established by the Ministry of Culture does not represent India's pluralism. The letter from the parliamentarians comes after several leaders raised inquiries about the constitution of the committee.
The MPs have written, "Our country is having a great legacy of pluralism in its evolution and study naturally required inputs from the diverse cultures of the great nation. We wish to bring to your kind attention that there is no reflection of such a pluralistic society in this 16 member study group. There are no South Indians, Northeast Indians, minorities, Dalits or women. Almost all the members of the said committee belong to certain specific social groups which are in top of the caste hierarchy of the Indian society. None of the researchers of South Indian languages including Tamil which has a glorious history and recognised as a classical language by the Central government (are included)."
They have further asked the intention behind such a committee. "The composition itself raises many questions. Isn't there an India below Vindhya Hills? Is there no civilization other than the Vedic civilization? Is there no Ancient language here except Sanskrit? We doubt the intentions of the consultation of this committee neglecting gender sensitivity and diverse nationalities and social groups in this country," further states the letter.