New Delhi : Amit Shah’s Hindi Diwas tweet wherein he bats for making Hindi as a National Language has not gone down well with many. Sparking a political debate on the national language, many leaders have spoken against Amit Shah’s language politics as a means of coercion and enslaving majority of people whose mother tongue is not Hindi.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has weighed in on BJP chief Amit Shah’s tweet on Hindi Diwas by saying that “Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s Hindi agenda push despite nationwide protest needs to be seen as Sangh Parivar’s signs to launch a new battlefield in the name of language. The perception that only Hindi can unite the country is completely wrong. People in the south and the northeast don’t speak Hindi.” Mr. Vijayan wrote in Malayalam on Facebook.
The opposition Congress and DMK chief MK Stalin have also criticized the BJP chief’s remarks. The Congress said no attempt should be made to tinker with the “three-language formula”- commonly understood to comprise Hindi, English and a regional language of the respective states.
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Meanwhile West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said people should respect all languages and cultures equally but not at the cost of their mother tongues. Her statement came after Union Home minister Amit Shah pitched for a common language for the country yesterday September 14, 2019 on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’ and said it is Hindi which is spoken the most and can unite the whole country.