Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Don't impose Hindi; common language not possible in India: Rajini

Don't impose Hindi; common language not possible in India: Rajini

Shah had suggested on Hindi Diwas last Saturday that India should be united with Hindi, the most widely-spoken language of the country, with the assertion that it is "important for India to have one language marking its identity globally".

Since post-partition/ post-independence days in India, there have been continuous attempts by the north-Indian lobby, with aid and abetment of GoI, to coronate Hindi as the only official language as also the only representative language of India and Indians. We should respect all languages and cultures equally.

Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the attempt was to divide the people and create divisions in society on the basis of language.

However, Rajnikanth advocated the idea of having a common language across the country and said it is good for the country's unity and progress.

The DMK postponed "temporarily" a protest programme scheduled for September 20, citing Shah's statement that he never pitched for the imposition of Hindi. "We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language", she tweeted.

He said to ANI, "We have already agreed for three-language formula". Tamil Nadu was witness to the anti-Hindi agitation taken forward by the DMK in the 1960s against the alleged imposition of the language.

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said that Amit Shah is a "wicked insider in a joint family who finds ways to break the unity".

Immediately, DMK leader M.K. Stalin raised a flag of protest and warned the Government not to throw stones at the beehive.

Celebrating September 14 as the Hindi Diwas, Shah had tweeted and reiterated at a function later in New Delhi that "India is a nation of many languages and every language has its own importance".

The 1968 National Policy on Education (which the 2019 document reiterated) said that in the "non-Hindi speaking States", the Central government should encourage the establishment of colleges and other institutions of higher education which use Hindi as the medium of education.

Rajinikanth was addressing the media and said that no southern state will accept the concept of Hindi being the common language. His remarks had drawn sharp reactions from opposition parties, especially in Tamilnadu where all of them including the ruling AIADMK, opposed any move to "impose" Hindi. Today, a majority of young Arunachalees can not speak in their own mother tongues and prefer to converse in Hindi.

The chief minister said people in the Southern, Western and Eastern parts of the country do not speak Hindi and to make it the primary language in these areas amounted to rejecting their mother tongues.

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