The remark made by Union Home Minister on Hindi language has become controversial and created anguish among southern states.
On Saturday Amit Shah tweeted in Hindi that “India is a country of different languages, and every language has its own importance but it is very important to have a language of whole country which should become the identity of India globally, Today, if one language can do work of uniting the country, then it is the most spoken language, Hindi.”
भारत विभिन्न भाषाओं का देश है और हर भाषा का अपना महत्व है परन्तु पूरे देश की एक भाषा होना अत्यंत आवश्यक है जो विश्व में भारत की पहचान बने। आज देश को एकता की डोर में बाँधने का काम अगर कोई एक भाषा कर सकती है तो वो सर्वाधिक बोले जाने वाली हिंदी भाषा ही है। pic.twitter.com/hrk1ktpDCn
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 14, 2019
He appealed to the citizens to increase the use of mother tongue and Hindi and equated with this with Gandhiji’s and Sardar Patel’s dream of one language for the country.
He also spoke about deteriorating condition of Hindi in an event in Delhi that “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 ask to speak in Hindi.” He pointed out that India was land of 122 languages and around 19,500 dialects. With influence of English we are losing our languages which are part of our culture. Mr. Shah said that Hindi should be taken to areas like law and science and technology.