Amit Shah Calls For Hindi As National Language.
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to culturally unify the country with Hindi as its official language. He appealed that Hindi should be made as to the primary language of the country, saying that it is necessary to have one to represent India.
He adds that people should 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. Although diversity in languages represents India’s strength, a national language is needed so that foreign languages and cultures do not overpower the country’s own.
In the backdrop of the strong opposition, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah claims that “Languages are the window of knowledge. It should be nurtured by love and not by force.” He opposes the Hindi Diwas celebrations and says that being a part of the federal system people should respect all languages and cultures equally, rather than enforcing the Hindi language as a compulsion.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi also slammed Amit Shah’s push for Hindi as a unifying language for India and said that not all Indians have Hindi as their mother tongue. He tweets Amit Shah saying “Could you try appreciating the diversity & beauty of the many mother tongues that dot this land? Article 29 gives every Indian the right to a distinct language, script, and culture. India’s much bigger than Hindi, Hindu, Hindutva”.
Controversies say that his Hindi pitch appeared to be an attempt to make non-Hindi speaking people “second class citizens”. Opposition parties were not in the favour of his statement and feel that he has been dominating the nation in the name of Hindi Language.