Top Tamil film star and BJP sympathiser Rajini Kanth has welcomed as “good” Home Minister Amit Shah’s view that India needs a common national language but said “ unfortunately Hindi will not be accepted” not only in the south but even in the north.
Talking to reporters at Chennai airport on Wednesday, he said:"A common language is good for the country's unity and progress. Unfortunately, we cannot have a common language in our country. So you cannot impose any language. Especially, if you impose Hindi, not just Tamil Nadu, no southern State will accept that. Many states in northern parts will also not accept that."
He apparently refers to eastern and north-eastern States where Bengali and Assamese are strongly rooted though people there are willing to learn Hindi, but not as official language.
Rajini’s equivocal statement has followed protests not only in Tamil Nadu against any move to make Hindi the sole national language but also in his home State of Karnataka where BJP Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa himself has said Hindi will not be allowed to gain primacy over Kannada.