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NEW DELHI – Rejecting BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s push for Hindi as “national” language, the CPI (M) on Sunday said it is contrary to the spirit of the Indian Constitution and country’s linguistic diversity.
Earlier, pitching for “one nation-one language” formula on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Shah said, “India is a country of different languages and every language has its own importance but it is necessary to have a common language that becomes the mark of identity of the country.”
Strongly opposing any attempt to impose Hindi on non-Hindi speaking people, the left party said the idea stems from the RSS concept of one nation-one culture-one language which is fountainhead of the ruling party at the Center.
The polit bureau of the CPI (M) emphasised that all languages listed in the Eightth Schedule of the Constitution are national languages and must be treated equally. Any attempt to impose any one language will lead to disruption of the country’s unity and integrity. Hence, the polit bureau declared that the “CPI (M) strongly opposes these efforts which stem from the RSS concept of one nation- one culture-one language”.
Opposition leaders, including Kumaraswamy of JD (S) and DMK’s Stalin among others too raised objections to ‘imposition of Hindi’ and hit out at Amit Shah for advocating Hindi as India’s ‘national” language on Hindi Diwas.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also sharply reacted to the proposition saying, “Hindi isn’t every Indian’s mother tongue. Article 29 gives every Indian the right to a distinct language, script and culture. India’s much bigger than Hindi, Hindu, Hindutva”, he added.