- Shah said in support of Hindi – the country needs a language
- CPI [M] General Secretary Yechury said that this is the agenda of the Union to make Hindi a national language.
Sep 15, 2019, 08:01 PM IST
new Delhi. Opposition to Home Minister Amit Shah's statement on Hindi has intensified. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lashed out at Shah for insisting on Hindi like this to start a new war in the name of language. He described it as the agenda of the Sangh. On the other hand, CPI [M] General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also called it the Union's agenda to make Hindi a national language.
Shah on Saturday endorsed the one-nation-one language formula in the Hindi Day program. He said that there is a need for the country to have one language, due to which foreign languages do not get a place. Keeping this in mind, our freedom fighters had conceived the official language and accepted Hindi for this.
This belief can only unite the Hindi country – Vijayan
Vijayan wrote on Facebook post- Despite the protests across the country, Home Minister Amit Shah's insistence on Hindi shows that the Sangh Parivar is starting a new war in the name of language. This belief is wrong that only Hindi can unite the whole nation. People of North-East and South do not speak Hindi.
Implementing Hindi will bring negative reactions – Yechury
Yechury said that the agenda of the Sangh is to implement Hindi as the national language. The ideology of the Sangh is that of one country, one language and one culture, it cannot be accepted. All the languages listed in our constitution are national languages. Hindi can emerge as the language of dialogue, but any attempt to impose it will only give rise to negative reactions and this has happened before. All languages should be given equal status.
4 parties including DMK-Trinamool protested
MK Stalin, president of Tamil Nadu's main opposition party DMK, had opposed Shah's statement, saying that we have been consistently opposing the imposition of Hindi. Today's statement by the Home Minister has shocked us, it will affect the unity of the country. At the same time, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted – Hindi is not the mother tongue of all Indians. Can you please praise the diversity of this country and the beauty of different mother tongues? MDMK Chief Vaiko had said that if Hindi was imposed in India, the country would split. We will have only one 'Hindi India'. On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that we should respect all languages and cultures equally.