West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said people should respect all languages and cultures equally but not at the cost of their mother tongues. Her statement came after Union Home minister Amit Shah pitched for a common language for the country and said it is Hindi which is spoken the most and can unite the whole country.
Greeting people on the occasion of Hindi Divas, Banerjee tweeted, "My best wishes to all on #HindiDiwas. We should respect all languages and cultures equally. We may learn many languages but we should never forget our mother-language." She also posted the greetings in another tweet in Hindi.
हिंदी दिवस पर आप सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। हमें सभी भाषाओं और संस्कृतियों का समान रूप से सम्मान करना चाहिए। हम कई भाषाएँ सीख सकते हैं लेकिन हमें अपनी मातृ-भाषा को कभी नहीं भूलना चाहिए— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 14, 2019
In a series of tweets in Hindi, Home Minister Shah said,"India has many languages and every language has its importance. But it is absolutely necessary that the entire country should have one language that becomes India's identity internationally". Amit Shah said that today, if any language which can unite the country, it is Hindi that is spoken the most.
"I want to appeal to people to promote their native languages but also use Hindi to make the dream of Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) and Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel of one language come true," he tweeted.
हमारे देश की सभी भाषाओं की व्यापकता और समृद्धता विश्व की किसी भी भाषा से बहुत अधिक है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 14, 2019
मैं देशवासियों से आह्वान करता हूं कि आप अपने बच्चों से, अपने सहकर्मियों से अपनी भाषा में बात कीजिए क्योंकि अगर हम ही अपनी भाषाओं को छोड़ देंगे तो उन्हें लंबे समय तक जीवित कैसे रखा जायेगा। pic.twitter.com/J6JbaN1JJn
Later, speaking at a 'Hindi Divas' function in New Delhi, Amit Shah said Hindi should reach every individual and every home in the country. Hindi Divas is observed to mark the decision of the Constituent Assembly to extend official language status to Hindi on this day in 1949. It was first observed in 1953.