After a Delhi government hospital issued a circular asking nurses to “not speak Malayalam” while on duty, former congressman Rahul Gandhi criticized the law and urged an end to discrimination between Indian languages. Meanwhile, sources said, the hospital withdrew the controversial circular on Sunday.
“Malayalam was as Indian as any other Indian language. Stop linguistic discrimination,” he tweeted.
Delhi government hospital bans nurses from speaking Malayalam
The row erupted after the Delhi government-run Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) on Saturday banned its nurses from communicating in Malayalam. Aimed at nurses mainly from Kerala, the hospital said that “most patients and colleagues do not understand Malayalam” and “feel helpless”. The hospital has ordered nurses to speak in Hindi or English only, warning them of serious consequences if they do not. Meanwhile, according to sources, GIPMER withdrew the controversial circular on Sunday.
“A complaint has been received regarding the use of the Malayalam language for communication in the workplaces at GIPMER. While as many patients and colleagues as possible do not know this language and feel powerless, which causes many disadvantages. All nurses are therefore asked to use only Hindi and English for communication. Otherwise, serious action will be taken, “the order read. The nurses criticized the decision. and said they still speak to patients in Hindi.