Outrage over Amit Shah's statement on Hindi
September 16, 2019
India's union Home minister Amit Shah recently sparked controversy with a statement made by him on Hindi Diwas. Shah told that even though India has many languages, Hindi is the only language that can unite the people and bring them all together. Shah's statement did not go very well with leaders from other non-Hindi speaking states in the country who criticised him. One of the first people to come forward and point out the insensitivity in Shah's statement was Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who called his statement a war cry.
The claim that Hindi unifies our country is absurd. That language is not the mother tongue of a majority of Indians. The move to inflict Hindi upon them amounts to enslaving them. Union Minister's statement is a war cry against the mother tongues of non-hindi speaking people - Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.
Shah said that people must speak their native language, but efforts have to be made in order to spread importance of Hindi. He even added that the central government will make efforts to increase and spread the usage of Hindi across India. "Hindi is one of India's many great languages. However, many states do not speak it. It is extremely unfair of @AmitShah to project it as a national language. India's diversity is its strength. BJP should respect this fact!", tweeted Congress leader Shama Mohamed.
The opposition Congress party came forward to say that making the three-language formula must not be touched upon as it might create unrest amongst many states across India. The three-language formula includes usage of Hindi, English and regional language. "Unity in diversity is the foundation of India or has the BJP forgotten India's geography and the Constitution? There are 22 official languages and over 1652 mother tongues spoken across the length and breadth of India. Their identities will not perish", tweeted Youth Congress.