RSS agenda in Shah’s Hindi stand: Ker­ala CM

‘Dec­la­ra­tion Of War Against Mother-Tongue Lovers’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

Thiruvanan­thapuram/ Chen­nai: Ker­ala chief min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan on Sun­day came down heav­ily on Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah for try­ing to make Hindi the na­tional lan­guage, which, he said, was a Sangh Pari­var agenda.

“This is a dec­la­ra­tion of war against hu­man hearts lov­ing their mother tongue as their own mother,” the CM said, adding that it was noth­ing but an agenda of the Sangh Pari­var and now the BJP gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre was bring­ing up this is­sue to cover up its fail­ures.

He added that even after there was coun­try­wide protest against the at­tempt to make Hindi the na­tional lan­guage, the Cen­tre was not ready to back out, which was con­demnable. “In­dia is a na­tion that recog­nises dif­fer­ent lan­guages. The Sangh Pari­var should with­draw the move of dis­rupt­ing them,” Pi­narayi said. Con­gress also lashed out at the Cen­tre. “The at­tempt of BJP is to di­vide the peo­ple in the name of lan­guage,” said Ker­ala op­po­si­tion leader Ramesh Chen­nithala of Con­gress.

“After their at­tempt to spread com­mu­nal ha­tred in so­ci­ety, now they are tar­get­ing the peo­ple to fight each other in the name of lan­guage,” said Chen­nithala. “All lan­guages are given equal im­por­tance in a coun­try like In­dia and no par­tic­u­lar lan­guage can be called supreme. Hence, there is no need for mak­ing any par­tic­u­lar lan­guage the na­tional lan­guage. The unity in di­ver­sity is what makes In­dia proud in the world,” he said.

In Tamil Nadu too, the home min­is­ter came un­der se­vere at­tack. The 111th an­niver­sary of DMK founder C N An­nadu­rai on Sun­day be­came an oc­ca­sion for Cen­tre-bash­ing on the Hindi is­sue. For­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Yash­want Sinha, who took part in the event ob­jected to Shah’s state­ment on the need for mak­ing Hindi the na­tional lan­guage. “I hail from a Hindi-speak­ing state. But, I don’t ac­cept what Shah said.”

The for­mer BJP leader said the NDA gov­ern­ment did not know the cul­ture of the coun­try. “It is not pos­si­ble to have a sin­gle cul­ture and sin­gle lan­guage,” he said.

Call­ing for op­po­si­tion par­ties to forge a united front, DMK pres­i­dent M K Stalin said, “The Cen­tre is be­ing au­to­cratic in im­pos­ing Hindi. It is time for unity in op­po­si­tion ranks to take for­ward a strong protest against the gov­ern­ment on such is­sues.” The mood at the MDMK con­fer­ence was bel­liger­ent, like that in the 1960s when the DMK made an­tiBrah­min­ism, anti-Hindi and Peri­yarism as its main plank.

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