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Amit Shah’s statement on Hindi language triggers a new controversy in political circle

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Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday stressed the importance of the Hindi language and how it should be used as an alternative to English and not local languages. This statement has triggered a controversy among the top political leaders of the country.

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Karnataka Opposition leader Siddaramaiah hit out at Amit Shah for pushing for the usage of Hindi, saying that the BJP is unleashing “cultural terrorism” on the country and that Hindi is not the national language of India.

Opposition slams Shah over Hindi row

The opposition leader also accused Shah of betraying his home state of Gujarat with such a statement, where the mother tongue is Gujarati. He said that Shah is betraying his home state for the sake of his political agenda.

He further added, “Imposing Hindi is a sign of coercive federalism rather than cooperative federalism. The myopic view of the BJP regarding our languages needs to be corrected. Their opinions are derived from pseudo-nationalists like Savarkar. “

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Ideas for diversions

On Friday, Congress on Friday slammed Amit Shah for his statement on the Hindi language, saying it was a diversionary tactic from the serious issues of inflation and unemployment that are dogging the country.

AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, “Your objective is to create mutual distrust by imposition, by coercion.” Party veteran Jairam Ramesh said, “Hindi is Raj Bhasha and not Rashtra Bhasha.”

Mamata Banerjee’s party, TMC, also slammed Amit Shah’s statement, saying that Hindi is not the official language of India. The TMC said, “If Amit Shah and the BJP try to impose Hindi on non-Hindi-speaking states, it will be resisted.” The people of this country, where there is so much diversity, will never accept such a thing.

Three language formulas make no sense:TN minister

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Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan also criticised Amit Shah for his push for the Hindi language in India, and said that the “three-language formula” does not make sense and it is completely “off logic”. Hindi is not native to at least 60% to 70% of the population. Not only is it chauvinism, but it is economically inverse logic. “

The Congress party further accused Shah and the BJP of trying to distract the population from issues like inflation and price rises through their political agenda. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has said that Hindi is the Raj Bhasha (official language) and not the Rashtra Bhasha (national language).

The Home Minister stressed the need to give elementary knowledge of Hindi to students up to Class IX and pay more attention to Hindi teaching examinations.

70% of cabinet’s agenda in Hindi: Shah

According to MHA, Shah informed members that 70 percent of the agenda of the Cabinet is now prepared in Hindi. He said 22,000 Hindi teachers have been recruited in the eight states of the Northeast, and nine tribal communities in the region have converted the scripts of their dialects to Devanagari.

All these states have also agreed to make Hindi compulsory in schools up to Class X, he said, according to MHA.

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In 2019, delivering his first speech on the language on Hindi Diwas, he pushed for the idea of “One Nation, One Language”. He had said, “India is a country of different languages. Every language has its own importance. But it is absolutely essential that the entire country has one language that becomes the identity of the nation in the world. If there is any language that can tie the whole country in one thread, it is the most spoken language of Hindi. “

The statement drew sharp reactions from opposition parties. While the CPI (M) called it an attack on the core principles of India’s diversity, Congress leader Rajeev Gowda reminded the BJP that Article 29 of the Constitution honours multiple languages.

Since then, Shah has toned down his advocacy of the language and has repeatedly clarified that Hindi is not competing with any other regional language and is merely complementing them.


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