Amit Shah Faces Brickbats For Raising 'Hindi As National Language' Pitch

Published : 17 Sep 2019 6:45 AM GMT
Amit Shah Faces Brickbats For Raising

On the account of Hindi Diwas on Saturday, September 15, Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet said, “The way to reunite Indians is by raising the slogan of one nation, one language.” His statement was soon surrounded by controversy with opposition leaders calling it an RSS’ attempt to the imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi speaking states.

Learning his tweet and the speech to the school students, the general secretary of CPI (M), Sitaram Yechury said, “It’s the RSS ideology to imposing Hindi language all over the nation which is not accepted”.

Amit Shah further said that the dream of Gandhi and Sardar Vallavbhai Patel can be only realized if the country people start speaking this language often.

On the same day at a Hindi diwas celebration event he said, “Though I feel that the variety of languages and dialects is one in every of the largest strengths of our country, there’s a requirement for our country to own one language, in order that foreign languages do not notice a place. This can be why our freedom fighters pictured Hindi as ‘Raj bhasha’.”

Opposition Criticises Remarks

Kerala CM, Pinarayi Vijayan called shah’s statement a ‘war cry’ as in North-East Indian states and south Indian states, Hindi isn’t the first language, and they have a very different language and diversified culture. He further in his facebook post said shah on the name of the language is trying to develop Sangh’s ideology and create a battlefield.

Following Shah’s statement, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin and former Karnataka chief ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy also protested and showed their disapproval through their tweets after which a war of tweets started between the central government and opposition leaders.

Tweeting in Kannada, former chief minister Siddaramaiah lashed out saying, “The lie that Hindi is a national language should stop. Let it be known to all that it is just like Kannada, one among the 22 official languages of India. You cannot promote a language by spreading lies and fake information. Languages flourish by affection and respect for each other.”

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