On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Amit Shah addressing an event said that the Hindi language unites the country and could represent India in the world. However, his statement has created a huge debate on social media regarding opting Hindi as a national language.
Amit Shah stressing on the need of a national language
Today Amit Shah stressed that India needs a national language so it has a place amid the foreign language. He said that the Hindi language connects the people in the country and hence it was envisioned as the ‘Raj Bhasha’ by the freedom fighters.
In a tweet, he (Amit Shah) wrote, “India is a country of different languages and every language has its importance but it is very important to have a language of the whole country which should become the identity of India in the world. Today, if one language can do the work of tying the country to the door of unity, then it is the most spoken Hindi language.”
“Today, on the occasion of Hindi Day, I appeal to all the citizens of the country that we should increase the use of our mother tongue and also use the Hindi language as one language to realize the dreams of Bapu and iron man Sardar Patel. Happy Hindi Day,” he added.
आज हिंदी दिवस के अवसर पर मैं देश के सभी नागरिकों से अपील करता हूँ कि हम अपनी-अपनी मातृभाषा के प्रयोग को बढाएं और साथ में हिंदी भाषा का भी प्रयोग कर देश की एक भाषा के पूज्य बापू और लौह पुरूष सरदार पटेल के स्वप्प्न को साकार करने में योगदान दें।
हिंदी दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 14, 2019
Twitter goes Riot Mode
After his tweet went viral, Twitter was flooded with tweets criticizing the Home Minister on his unacceptable remark. Southern states that have time and again fought over national language has not appreciated this remark.
ಇಂದು ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ 'ಹಿಂದಿ ದಿವಸ್' ಆಚರಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸಂವಿಧಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದಿಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಅಧಿಕೃತ ಭಾಷೆ ಎನಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಭಾಷಾ ದಿವಸವನ್ನು ದೇಶಾದ್ಯಂತ ಯಾವಾಗ ಆಚರಿಸುತ್ತೀರಿ @narendramodi ಯವರೇ? ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರೂ ಈ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ನೆನಪಿರಲಿ.#StopHindiImposition #HindiDiwas #ಕನ್ನಡದಿನ
— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) September 14, 2019
#AmitShah@AmitShah before you talk any rubbish you must see what we bengali's are.
Please study the language movement we Bengalis did and how we gave our life for our language.
So either #StopHindiImposition or massive protest will knock the door. pic.twitter.com/gRbjz9a2h1
— Aishik Sinha (@SinhaAishik) September 14, 2019
As an Indian citizen, My mother tongue and identity is #Kannada , why should I give priority to the language which is not my identity? @AmitShah @PMOIndia @rashtrapatibhvn @CMofKarnataka #BlackDayAgainstHindiImposition #StopHindiImposition
— K A. Jagadeesh ಜಗದೀಶ ಕೆ ಎ (@are_gow) September 14, 2019
I understand the pride of #Hindi speakers in this country, but there are people who hold their pride high just as an Indian! #AmitShah , Language can alone not be a reason to unite the country. Just not the reason. https://t.co/VxaPAgBa3y
— Vidya Krithivasan (@vidyakrithi95) September 14, 2019
Mr.Amitshah our identity is having different languages but being united… do understand about Indian history and it’s uniqueness…
If you want to worship hindi you do..
don’t force us to do like so…
— லொல்லு-மன்னன் (@lollumannan) September 14, 2019
— Anjan Pujar (@AnjanPujar5) September 14, 2019
#AmitShah Already India has a Unique Name among World Nations. Dear Vadakhans Stop Inserting Hindi Towards Us !! We're having oldest Language known amongst human. My language is Prior for us pic.twitter.com/UUlyCCNhnO
— Deepan Raj 🐒 (@Deepanrajxx) September 14, 2019
— Political loacha (@AdityAk31018181) September 14, 2019
— Priya/Zuri/Louise is offline (@klishtakara) September 14, 2019
Let Hindi people accept Kannada as their national language. Let banks, post offices, railways etc in UP provide services in Kannada. Let UP gov introduce Kannada as mandatory subject in school curriculum. #StopHindiImposition#MakeMyLanguageOfficial
— Prashant S (@JS_Prashant) September 14, 2019
is just a piece of land to Union govt
— ಅರುಣ್ ಜಾವಗಲ್Arun (@ajavgal) September 14, 2019
The very fabric of this nation lies on diversity.. Imposing #Hindi everywhere in this country is like cutting that fabric into pieces. Its time to protest. Join us today & support our campaign by tweeting using these hashtags.#StopHindiImposition#MakeMyLanguageOfficial
— ಮಲ್ಲಿಕಾರ್ಜುನ್ ಬಿ (Mallikarjun B) (@arjuna04) September 14, 2019
— Vinay R Gowda (@vinaygowda007) September 14, 2019
Your Hindi Imperialistic atittude is killing us everyday, shoot All citizens who speak language other than Hindi. we Non Hindi speakers will die in a single shot…then it will be easy to build your country with one language.. #StopHindiImposition#MakeMyLanguageOfficial pic.twitter.com/Bdzpzn4Fv4
— ಅರುಣ್ ಜಾವಗಲ್Arun (@ajavgal) September 14, 2019
It is absolutely nonsense, hegemonic and dictatorial to have one language identity for India. Amit Shah's statements should be rubuked as hard as possible.#StopHindiImperialism #MakeMyLanguageOfficial #BlackDayAgainstHindiImposition
— ಸೋಮಶೇಕರ್ ಬಜ್ಜಣ್ಣ (@SomBajju) September 14, 2019