DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday dropped his party’s protest on Sept 20 against Home Minister Amit Shah on the Hindi issue after the Minister himself clarified that he only requested for learning Hindi as a second language along with the mother tongue.
Stalin, who met Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, announced that his party was deferring its agitation plan, following the clarification issued by Shah.
Shah issued the clarification after his statement that though linguistic diversity was India’s strength, Hindi as common language would promote unity, led to protests not only in Tamil Nadu but also in Karnataka with BJP Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa saying Hindi would not be allowed to replace Kannada as the primary language in his State.
He said: “I never asked for imposing Hindi over other regional languages, but only requested for learning Hindi as the second language after one's mother tongue. I myself come from a non-Hindi state of Gujarat."
At Hindi Divas, Shah had said: “India is a country of many different languages and each language has its own significance. But it is necessary to have a common language to mark of India's identity globally.”
It was the second part of his comment which led to the controversy. He had said: “If there is one language that can unite India, it is Hindi which is the most widely-spoken and understood in India."