After the Union Home Minister Amit Shah gave his 'one nation, one language' speech, MK Stalin, President of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) slammed Shah. The DMK President in a statement said, "Is it India or 'Hindi'-a?" MK Stalin also asked the Home Minister to withdraw his statement. On Hindi Diwas, Amit Shah pitched the idea of ‘one nation, one language’ during a speech in New Delhi which has caused many reactions across the nation including MK Stalin.
MK Stalin went ahead to talk about how the foundation of India is based on diversity and said, "The constitution clearly says that India is a union of states. The plurality of India is our strength and unity in diversity is the foundation of this country. The BJP government since the beginning is trying to collapse this." The DMK President also spoke about how this statement of Amit Shah is stating that non-hinding speaking citizens are second class and he said, "The statement he made about Hindi is an attempt to make the non-Hindi speaking state citizens as second class."
When confronting the imposition of Hindi and the party's revolt against this imposition, MK Stalin said, "We've been the voice against the imposition of Hindi in various exams including railway, postal department, etc. The home minister should immediately withdraw his statement and I strongly condemn it."
Addressing the debate about there being a majority of Hindi speakers in the nation, he said, "If the language spoken by the majority should be announced as the national language, then crow should be the national bird (of India)." The DMK President also said that DMK party is ready to save the plurality of India and that they promise it. He also went ahead to say, "We warn that this is India and not Hindi-a."
Home Minister Amit Shah, on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, pitched the idea of ‘one nation, one language’ during his speech and went ahead to say that diversity of languages and dialects is the 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'. This statement led to many political leaders taking a hit at the Home Minister.
#WATCH: Union Home Min Amit Shah says,"Diversity of languages&dialects is strength of our nation. But there is 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'." #HindiDiwas pic.twitter.com/h0BK2ofH7N— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2019
Home Min Amit Shah: On the occasion of #HindiDiwas 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. pic.twitter.com/xIMlNtIhbm— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2019