Congress Leader Anand Sharma: Language Is An 'emotive Issue'


Anand Sharma warned against any change in the three-language formula. Disapproving Shah's remarks, he appealed not to stir controversy on emotive issues.

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:

Congress leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Anand Sharma warned against any change in the three-language formula. He opined that the Union Home Minister Amit Shah should take note of Hindi being declared as the national language many years ago. Citing the Indian constitution, he remarked that the diversity of India had always been acknowledged. Sharma said that the Constitution recognizes 22 languages. 

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'Do not tinker with the three-language formula’ 

He stated that all those languages finding a place in the Constitution were Indian in origin, spoken by a large number of people. Sharma appealed that no one should not stir up controversies on emotive and sensitive issues that have been settled by the maturity of India’s constitution framers. He complimented former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for his role in this regard. The Rajya Sabha MP spoke about how the three-language formula came into existence. The formula basically advocated the study of 'Hindi, English and a modern Indian language' in Hindi-speaking states and 'Hindi, English and the regional language' in non-Hindi speaking states.

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He argued, "That three-language formula must not be tinkered with and no indication should be given of a rethink which will create strife and unrest in the country. All the languages besides Hindi, which is spoken by a majority of the people, are equally important. Yes, we celebrate the Hindi Diwas. I am also a Hindi speaker. But I also respect other languages of the country.” 

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Amit Shah's remarks on Hindi

Hindi Diwas is celebrated on September 14 every year to mark the importance of the day when the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi as the official language of India. Sharma's comment came hours after Shah addressed the Hindi Diwas celebration at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi earlier in the day. The Union Home Minister contended that languages spoken in many countries of the world had become extinct. He maintained that a country that let go off its language, would also end up losing its culture as well as existence. Shah reiterated that diversity of languages and dialects was the strength of India. However, he put forth the need for the country to have one language to ensure that foreign languages did not dominate. The Union Home Minister also reminded the audience that India's freedom fighters had envisioned Hindi as the national language.

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