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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has responded to Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement that Hindi was not a rival of local languages but a friend. Stalin said that the BJP should stop trying to make India a Hindu.
What did Amit Shah say: On September 14, on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Amit Shah said at the All India Official Language Conference in Surat, ‘I want to make one thing clear. Some people are spreading false information that Hindi and Gujarati, Hindi and Tamil, Hindi and Marathi are rivals. Hindi can never be the rival of any other language. Hindi is the friend of all the languages of the country.
MK Stalin responded to Shah’s statement: The Center should declare all the 22 languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution as official languages. Hindi is neither the national language nor the only official language. We should celebrate Indian Language Day instead of Hindi Day.
Stalin said, “Very few resources are spent in the development of other languages as compared to Hindi. The Center should bridge this gap. Under the National Education Policy, the Center is promoting only Hindi and Sanskrit.
Tamil Nadu has been opposing the imposition of Hindi for a long time.
Tamil Nadu has been opposing the imposition of Hindi on the southern states for a long time. The clash between Tamil Nadu and the Center escalated when the Center decided to introduce Hindi as a third language in schools across the country.
Anti-Hindi protests were held in the state in the 1960s and the then central government had assured the state that English would be recognized as an official language between the Center and the southern states.