Don't impose Hindi, common language not possible in India: Rajinikanth

Don't impose Hindi, common language not possible in India: Rajinikanth

It must be noted that Amit Shah had on Saturday emphasised for Hindi as a common language for the country. The Congress State unit also hit out at the Centre for "vendetta politics", vis-a-vis the arrests of former union minister P Chidambaram and Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who have been arrested in money laundering cases. "We are committed to promoting it (Kannada)", Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said in a series of tweets in Kannada and English. "If they impose Hindi not just Tamil Nadu, but states across South India will not agree and even in North India many states won't agree". We should respect all languages and cultures equally.

As the controversy continued, Karnataka's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it would give primacy to Kannada.

Shah, however, sought to assert the need for a common language for India, citing the example of New Zealand and Australia.

Following Shah's clarification, DMK, which had planned state-wide agitations on September 20 over the issue, has now chose to call off the protests. "Nobody can mistake someone learning Hindi on his own interest".

"After we explained the reason for our protest, the Governor said Home Minister Amit Shah's views have been misunderstood". In all the languages, India's aspirations of becoming a single nation got expressed. Not just Tamil Nadu but none of the southern states will accept the imposition of Hindi.

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Stalin pointed out that Shah had said he had been "wrongly understood". The former Finance Minister, who is now lodged in Tihar jail in New Delhi, said that floating Hindi as the single language is a risky idea and Tamil people, along with those speaking other languages, will never allow the same.

In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively, opposition parties had termed the comments as a "war cry" against non-Hindi speaking people.

The Mizo Zirlai Pawl, the apex students' body of Mizoram, too voiced similar concerns against imposition of Hindi as a common language. The report also said that the Centre's uneasiness over DMK protests could also be because of the scheduled meeting between prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram near Chennai next month. "But it's important to have a language of the whole country, which should become the identity of India in the world".

The top Dravidian party leader flanked by senior party colleagues Duraimurugan and T R Baalu said he asked Purohit if the Central government will come forward to convey it. The imposition of Hindi on non-Hindi speakers is against the values enshrined in the constitution.

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