Home Minister Amit Shah, on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, pitched the idea of ‘one nation, one language’ during a speech in New Delhi. While speaking at Vigyan Bhawan, the BJP president proposed, "Diversity of languages & dialects is a strength of our nation. But there is a need for our nation to have one language so that foreign languages don't find a place. This is why our freedom fighters envisioned Hindi as 'Raj bhasha'.
Shah said that the people should take the Hindi movement forward and make it reach the masses, and also added that next year, the government will take steps to push Hindi to every nook and corner of the country. He also announced that Hindi Diwas would be celebrated for an entire week the next year and have different programs to raise awareness about Hindi.
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Extolling Hindi as being 'more diverse than any other language in the world', he hailed it over English for its vocabulary, putting forth that it has rich words for expressing relations with human, country, nature etc. He didn't however, limit the richness of vocabulary to Hindi alone, adding that other Indian languages also have a diverse vocabulary. Shah said that a language can only survive when the young generation feels pride in speaking their language. Education institutes and teachers should stress that our language is rich and proud of it, he said.
“On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, we should introspect. There are many countries in this world whose languages have become extinct. The country that leaves its language loses its existence too. The country that loses its language can't preserve its culture”, he said. Amit Shah also spoke about the role of Hindi in India’s freedom struggle by saying “Hindi has played a huge role in the struggle for Independence. Pre-Independence Congress Meetings and the top leaders have given a lot of strength to Hindi.”
The Home Minister added, “Mahatma Gandhi said that the country is mute without the national language. If we lose the national language we will lose our expression. Sardar Patel said that the country can truly be united when there is one national language. Lohia also stressed upon making Hindi as a national language.” He added “For a long time Hindi was in a cocoon. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee went to the UN for the first time he made his address in Hindi and gave Hindi an outreach. Sushma Swaraj also asked to tweet in Hindi as it is a language of 20% of the world.”
Mentioning how he recently found that that in North East people hire tuition teachers to learn Hindi, Shah said that the Centre has decided that on its own expense it will teach Hindi in North East. Talking about the use of Hindi in his daily routine he said, “In my office, 60% of filing is done in Hindi. I urge all other departments to follow the same experiment. It will give a major push to the Hindi language."
He also urged the teachers to organise programs where they ask students to speak in Hindi continuously without using any English words. "There is a need to give new directions and more development for Hindi", he said, concluding, “We want to move forward in making Hindi fully acceptable, respecting other languages also in the same breath. Hindi has evolved with influences of other languages and in the future, it will evolve along the same lines as well.”