Posted on September 17, 2019, 2:54 PM IST
Center Bats for Hindi to be the Unifying Language
Home Minister Amit Shah has stirred the hornet’s nest by advocating Hindi as the linking language in India rather than a foreign language like English. On the occasion of Hindi diwas he stated that Hindi is the only language that can keep the nation united. He also insisted in his tweets that Hindi be spoken daily and promoted by the citizens. But the said move has been drawing in lot of flak from the opposition and particularly from the parties down South.
Congress MP, Shashi Tharoor strongly condemned the speech along with DMK’s Stalin, they felt that Shah is simply pushing the RSS agenda and trying to divide the nation over the One Nation One Language drama.
Shah responded to the burning issue by tweeting later that he had been misquoted. Putting across his stand further he wrote – “I want to appeal to people to promote their native languages but also use Hindi to make the dream of Bapu and Sardar Patel of one language come true."
Shah’s statement that Hindi will be imposed on all regions irked the other leaders. The Congress stated that BJP is tinkering with fire by trying to remove the 3 language formula. The formula simply states that every region will speak Hindi, English and their respective regional language. The Left parties led by the CPI(M) called it a sabotage on the core principles of India's diversity.
DMK chief M.K. Stalin called Shah's views "shocking", and accused him of trying to erase India's pluralistic culture. Even the BJP's ally in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK, cautioned that if the Centre imposes Hindi unilaterally, there would be an unfavourable retort not just in Tamil Nadu but also in states like Bengal, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
MDMK chief Vaiko, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran and PMK founder leader S Ramadoss too criticised the comments and said Hindi must "not be imposed".
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee simply tweeted - "We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language.” West Bengal is all set to remain neutral in the Hindi debate.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said no hint should be given of a volte-face on the "three-language formula" as it will generate discord and disturbances in the country.
As the battle for One Language rages we can only say that views are divided among the top opposition leaders even as the government envisions it as a welcome change.