Chennai, Sep 14 : Leaders of various political parties in Tamil Nadu, including the Opposition DMK and ruling AIADMK's ally PMK, on Saturday objected to Union Minister Amit Shah’s statement to unify India with Hindi and demanded that it should be withdrawn.
On Hindi Diwas day, Mr Amit Shah tweeted, “India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance. But it is very important to have a language which should become the identity of India in the world. If one language can unite the country today, it is the most spoken Hindi language.”
In another tweet, he said “Today, on the occasion of Hindi Day, I appeal to all the citizens of the country that we should increase the use of our mother tongue and also use the Hindi language as one language to realise the dreams of Bapu and iron man Sardar Patel. Happy Diwas.”
Strongly reacting to it, DMK President M K Stalin asked whether 'it is India or Hindia'. Stating that India's strength lies in its plurality, he said Unity in diversity is the country's cultural identity.
'But due to several reasons the BJP-led Government, ever since it came to power is trying to destroy this identity', he added.In continuation of this, Mr Amit Shah has now spoken about one Nation One language and that is the Hindi language, which was an attempt to make non-Hindi speaking people in the country as second grade citizens. Pointing out that rights from the days of late Dravidiain leader C N Annadurai, he said the DMK has been opposing Hindi domination and protecting the Tamil language.
At a time when all the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution has to be treated equally, the remarks by the Union Home Minister that Hindi would unite the country would undermine the integrity of the Nation. 'It is not only worrisome, but condemnable', Mr Stalin said.(UNI)