The Union Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah, on Saturday pitched for a common language for the country saying ‘Hindi’ which is spoken the most could unite the country.
He said efforts would be made to expand Hindi to different parts of the country and asked everyone to use their native languages as much as possible.
'India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it is absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that becomes India’s identity globally,' he said in a series of tweets in Hindi.
Mr. Shah said that today, if any language can unite the country, it is Hindi that is spoken the most. 'I want to appeal to people to promote their native languages but also use Hindi to make the dream of Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) and Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel of one language come true,' he tweeted. Later, speaking at a Hindi Divas function, Mr. Shah said Hindi should reach every individual and every home in the country.
'Next year, we will hold the Hindi Divas functions in different parts of the country. I appeal to every parent to speak to their children and also with co-workers in their own language,' he said. He said when the country would face the next election in 2024, Hindi would have achieved a monumental status.
The Home Minister said socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia had said in a democracy, the language of the government should be a language which people could understand. 'When I first took charge of the Home Ministry, in the first 10 days, not a single file came to me with Hindi noting. Now, 60 per cent files which come to me have Hindi notings,' he said