BJP’s idea of one-nation, one-language ‘attack on non-Hindi speaking states’

BJP’s idea of one-nation, one-language ‘attack on non-Hindi speaking states’

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Chandigarh, Sep 15 : Bholath MLA and president of Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) Sukhpal Singh Khaira Sunday blamed RSS-BJP for 'poisoning' the society by its sinister designs of cultivating Hindutva and said ‘one-nation, one-language’ formula was a big threat to the ethnic identity of minorities, ethnic groups and all non-Hindi speaking states of India.

Khaira said the statement by Amit Shah to implement Hindi language in the country was a direct threat to federal structure of the country. Most of the states were formed on linguistic basis and the Constitution guaranteed freedom to practice own language and culture to all citizens.

Khaira said Jan Sangh (now BJP) under the aegis of Arya Samaj had opposed Punjabi language and launched a pro-Hindi agitation in 1956 to oppose the demand of a Punjabi Suba by Shiromani Akali Dal. Jan Sangh and their allies also instigated Hindus of Punjab not to register Punjabi as their first language in the census held then, so that a Punjabi-speaking state should not be carved out. Through this,  Jan Sangh divided society and created communal rift forever. The RSS-BJP was once again hatching a similar conspiracy at the national level, he warned.

Khaira said his party would strongly oppose any attempt to impose Hindi as national language. He feared that if today BJP succeeded in implementing the agenda, tomorrow it would bring Uniform Civil Code for all religions. He said abrogating article 370 in Kashmir had nothing to do with nationalism but was part of a bigger conspiracy to snub the minority communities and snatch their fundamental rights one by one.