On Saturday, former External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid vehemently disagreed with Union Home Minister Amit Shah's contention that Hindi was the only unifying language of the country. Khurshid stated that India does not only have one language. He further observed that the diversity of languages had always been celebrated. Explaining the crux of the three-language formula, he remarked that the reality of everyone wanting to learn and speak English could not be wished away. He further added that India had never seen any division on the issue of language so far. This, according to Khurshid, could change if the Centre decided to crush all other languages and impose only one language in Hindi. He questioned the rationale behind Shah's remarks.
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. Addressing the Hindi Diwas celebration at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah 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.
#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
All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi also slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah stating that the idea of India was much bigger than the Hindi language, Hindu religion and the ideology of Hindutva. Owaisi asserted that Hindi was not the mother tongue of every Indian. He called upon Shah to appreciate the diversity and beauty of all the languages spoken in India. Citing Article 29 of the Indian constitution, he observed that every Indian had the right to a distinct language, script, and culture.