Hindi Binds The Country Together Says Amit Shah, Faces Backlash
GUWAHATI: On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Home Minister Amit Shah said that Hindi language can unite the country and will bind it.
The Home Minister Tweeted: “India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance, but it is very important to have one language all over the country which will become the hallmark of India in the world. Today, if one can do one language, it is the most spoken Hindi language to bind the country in the bond of unity.”
In another tweet he urged the people to increase their usage of their respective mother tongues.
“Today, on the occasion of Hindi Day, I appeal to all citizens of the country to enhance the use of our mother tongue and also to contribute to the realization of the self-proclaimed Bapu and Iron Man Sardar Patel of one language of the country by using Hindi language,” he wrote.
Following this, the hashtag #StopHindiImposition was trending on Twitter with many slamming Shah for his remarks.
Countering him on Twitter, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Hindi was not everyone’s mother tongue.
“Hindi isn't every Indian's "mother tongue". Could you try appreciating the diversity & beauty of the many mother tongues that dot this land? Article 29 gives every Indian the right to a distinct language, script & culture. India's much bigger than Hindi, Hindu, Hindutva.”