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Telangana Minister KTR Joins South Pushback To Amit Shah’s Hindi Pitch

Unity in range is India’s energy, Telangana minister KTR has tweeted. File

Hyderabad, Chennai:

Unity in range is India’s energy and any try at “language chauvinism” will boomerang, Telangana minister Ok T Rama Rao has stated, becoming a member of the refrain from the south towards House Minister Amit Shah’s pitch to propagate Hindi.

“Unity in diversity is our strength dear @AmitShah Ji. India is a union of states & a true ‘Vasudhaika Kutumbam’. Why don’t we let people of our great nation decide what to eat, what to wear, who to pray to and what language to speak! Language chauvinism/hegemony will boomerang,” stated Mr Rao, son of Chief Minister Ok Chandrashekar Rao. 

“I am an Indian first, a proud Telugu & Telanganaite next. Can speak in my mother tongue Telugu, English, Hindi & a little bit of Urdu too. To impose Hindi & diss English will be a great disservice to the youngsters of this nation who have global aspirations,” the Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief, popularly referred to as KTR, added.

Mr Rao’s remarks come towards the backdrop of a pushback from the south after Mr Shah batted for steps to extend the significance of Hindi at a gathering of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee.

“Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English and not to local languages,” he stated, including, “unless we make Hindi flexible by accepting words from other local languages, it will not be propagated”. Mr Shah stated the time has come to make the Official Language an essential a part of the nation’s unity.

Following his remarks, a number of Opposition leaders have spoken out on the difficulty, with the loudest voices of protest coming from the south.

Warning {that a} push to impose Hindi will destroy India’s integrity, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Ok Stalin stated, “Does Amit Shah think Hindi states are enough and other states are redundant? A single language will not help in unity, uniformity won’t bring about integrity.”

Accusing the BJP of constant efforts to wreck India’s pluralism, he warned, “Don’t repeat the same mistake, you will not win.”

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has additionally slammed the centre on the difficulty.

“India is a country which is known for its unity in diversity. The idea itself means accepting diversity. Our Constitution has also given importance to many languages in India. Most of the states were formed on the basis of language after a long struggle. The Sangh Parivar agenda is not to recognise diversity and federalism of our country. It’s part of their agenda to weaken the regional languages,” he has stated.

Different regional forces, together with the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, the Janata Dal (Secular) and outfits within the North-East have slammed Mr Shah’s remarks and accused the centre of making an attempt to impose Hindi.

Principal opposition Congress has accused the federal government of making an attempt to create mutual mistrust by “imposition” and coercion. Social gathering chief Jairam Ramesh has stated “Hindi imperialism” will be a “death knell for India”.

In opposition to this backdrop, a tweet by music composer A R Rahman has sparked a buzz. 

Mr Rahman has posted the picture of a lady in white saree towards a background of pink. The girl is being seen as a illustration of Mom Tamil. A line, showing as a footnote to the picture, is from a well-liked poem of celebrated Tamil poet Bharathidasan and implies that the Tamil language serves as the foundation to the rights of the Tamil folks.