Only Hindi can work to unite country, says Amit Shah

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DMK, AIADMK, Mamata oppose Mr. Shah's Hindi push; three-language formula should not be tinkered with, says Congress.

Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the country should come together to promote Hindi. In his Twitter posts on ‘Hindi Diwas’, Mr Shah added that this should not be done at the cost of other languages.

“India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance but it is very important to have a language of the whole country which should become the identity of India globally,” he said on Twitter, writing in Hindi. “Today, if one language can do the work of uniting the country, then it is the most spoken language, Hindi,” he added.

Gandhi’s dream

Appealing to citizens to increase the use of the mother tongue and Hindi, Mr. Shah equated it to realising the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel of one language for the country.

Later, at a Hindi Divas event in Delhi, he said, “Today if you ask a Hindi-medium student to speak for 40 minutes in Hindi, he won’t be able to do so.”

“There is so much influence of English on us that we cannot talk in Hindi without its help. School students should be asked to speak in Hindi and whoever uses an English word should be given one mark,” Mr. Shah said. Stating that the nation was home to 122 languages and more than 19,500 dialects, the Minister said people should realise that if languages are lost to foreign influence then “we will be severed from our culture”.

"There are 18 words to refer to a relationship in Hindi, whereas the word “Uncle” is used uniformly to explain all relations in English...We shouldn't surrender to slave mentality. Promoting Hindi should be our national responsibility. Had (Bal Gangadhar) Tilak and Gandhi not stressed on using Hindi, we would have lost it to the British,” he said.



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