After the Union Home Minister Amit Shah gave his speech on 'one nation, one language', Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Chief Vaiko slammed Shah for imposing Hindi in the country. On the eve of 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 Vaiko.
Reacting to Amit Shah’s speech, Vaiko said, “Hindi can be a part of India, not entire India. If Hindi is thrust, then India will be balkanized”
The MDMK leader has always been a vocal critic of Hindi and has always expressed his dislike towards the language. Earlier in July, Vaiko had opposed the use of Hindi being used in parliament while speaking to a daily, stating that the use of Hindi in Parliament had brought down the standard of debates in the House. Vaiko had said that Hindi was like a railway guide and had no roots. He said while Hindi was evolved from Sanskrit, the latter itself is a dead language. Adding further, he had said that implementation of Hindi has led to the deterioration of politics and level of debates. Taking a shot on the central government’s Hindi propagation policy, he said that Hindi, Hindu and Hindu Rastra will divide the nation.
Shah said on Hindi Diwas 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.
“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.”